Amid pandemic, some pregnant women struggle to get adequate care

A pregnant woman leaves a clinic after medical check up in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

With coronavirus cases continuing to spread in Cambodia, some pregnant women say they are concerned about whether they will be able to give birth safely in hospitals, while others say they can’t afford the costs of mandatory COVID tests.

Svay Rieng provincial authorities place canal land dispute protestors in COVID-19 quarantine

Villagers protesting on August 2 on farmland within the disputed boundary of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project. This week, 60 families connected to the protest were placed in quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19. Supplied photo.

Sixty families connected to protests of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project have been placed in 14-day quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19, leading some locals to allege officials are using health measures to force a resolution of the land dispute.

Farmers face price crunch as COVID-19 pandemic bites rural livelihoods

A man packages rice after a harvest in Kandal province. Photo take February 2015. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“I rely mostly on my wife who works in a factory to pay off bank debts. My wife’s salary is only enough to repay the loan,” San said. “I have not asked the bank for a delay because I am afraid the bank will not lend to me someday later when I need a new loan.”

Farmer representatives in Svay Rieng canal dispute fined over protests

Villagers protesting on their farmland on Monday. The disputed land is within the boundary of a canal restoration project. Supplied

Two representatives of a farming community in Svay Rieng province have been fined a total of $1,000 by district officials for gathering protests earlier this week as part of a land dispute centered on a canal restoration project.

Svay Rieng farmers protest against irrigation project compensation

Villagers protesting on their farmland on Monday. The disputed land is within the boundary of a canal restoration project. Supplied

Hundreds of families with claims to nearly 100 hectares of farmland in Svay Rieng province are protesting against provincial authorities who locals say are forcing them to accept a low price for land compensation to make way for a canal restoration project.