Mondulkiri's Indigenous People are very small in number - even the Bunong community totals just 30,000, but other groups are so small that they do face extinction. Therefore it is essential to make connections with our brothers and sisters in other provinces and beyond.
Certainly the problems and challenges we face are common, as indeed are potential opportunities. Nomad's Bunong staff, John and Vanny, were invited to a SE regional gathering in Malaysia where they met other Indigenous colleagues, thanks to ILO. Please see attached report - Part 1 and Part 2.
The opportunities do include retaining the right of access to traditional land and resources in order to maintain healthy lives and sustainable livelihoods:
Our most important partners are Traditional Health Practitioners and Traditional Birth Attendants, with a major concern that their knowledge may be lost, if it is not passed down to younger generations. This is why we are pleased to report on Chran Din who is learning from his father and in 2011 was one of the first two Bunong People to be able to attend a national training course on traditional medicine approved by the Ministry of Health. You can read his story here.