In China, life and death by a river dammed

  • Cizhong village, Diqing, 21 April 2019 Cizhong village is now home to relocated residents of villages that were flooded when the Wunonglong Dam went operational in 2018. Photo courtesy Matthew Chitwood.

Matthew Chitwood, a fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, provides an updated account of Holy Week in Cizhong, China. In the years since we first visited the village, infrastructure development has taken its toll on the farmland and rural character of Cizhong. A dam on the Mekong River provides needed hydropower but displaced a number of communities who are resettling on Cizhong's fertile rice fields and vineyards. It's also depleted the region's tourism industry.

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