Workers, including underage children, brave dangerous chemicals to make a living at Cambodia’s banana plantations

Workers arrive at the banana plantation owned by Vietnamese company Thagrico in Cambodia's northeastern Ratanakiri province in October 2021 (Photo by Sun Narin)

“I have had stomach and intestinal problems for many years since I worked on the banana plantation, but I never thought this was due to the chemicals,” said 37-year-old Soy Srey Phoeun, just minutes after she returned from her latest trip to the hospital, with an IV drip still attached to her arm.