Stop the inhumane practice of Vihajico in the Ecopak project
The 8.2 billion USD Ecopark project is located only about 10 km (6 miles) from the very centre of Hanoi, within a region being developed as a high class suburban area, leading to vertiginous price rises. The developed land is being advertised or traded at rates ranging from 1000 to 2000 USD/m2. However, the villagers are offered only 6 USD/m2. Since each family lived and worked on an average of 350 m2 of land, their “compensation package” works out to about USD 2000 per family, a meagre sum for the loss of their abode and livelihood. This amount would sustain a family of four for at most a few months.
In addition to the physical loss of livelihood, the families have deep emotional attachment to their ancestral land where many of their forebears were buried. Indeed, after the police dispersed the protestors, developers immediately moved in and dug up the ground, desecrating many graves. All villagers could do is to pick up bits of their forefathers’ bones from the ground, as though a tsunami has passed through their land.
The villagers have had no say over the authorities’ decision to develop the traditional land upon which their ancestors and generations of families have toiled and lived. While the compensation was almost none, the villagers have had no recourse and no legal representation.