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Children that face eviction from the Boeung Kak Lake area in central Phnom Penh catch fish in the shallows of the lake, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 19, 2010. More than 4,000 families will be evicted from their homes to make way for a 133-hectare housing and commercial development project which is being carried out by Shukaku Inc. In 2007 authorities awarded a 133-hectare swathe around Boeung Kak lake to Shukaku Inc, which is headed by Cambodian People's Party Senator Lao Meng Khin. Housing rights advocates say that residents should be issued land titles and awarded compensation equivalent to value of the land, on which many residents have lived for 10-25 years. Under the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia's land titling system was abolished. As many Cambodians do not possess official land titles, it has been easier for private businesses to force them off their land.