Mass closure of garment factories leaves workers unpaid, struggling to survive in lockdown

Garment workers stand in front of their rented apartments in the Stung Meanchey III commune of Meanchey district, one of the strictly patrolled COVID-19 red zones in Phnom Penh, April 22, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Many of the thousands of garment workers now under Cambodia’s strictest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are finding themselves unpaid, suspended indefinitely from the capital area’s hundreds of factories and, as of yet, with little help from outside.

Newspapers suspend printing due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

A woman reads the print edition of the Phnom Penh Post newspaper, which stopped the presses during Phnom Penh lockdown, April 20, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As the sweeping COVID-19 lockdown in Phnom Penh restricts most work-related travel, Cambodia’s remaining traditional media outlets have suspended their print editions.

Cambodia’s first lockdown sees challenges as number of infections keeps rising

Residents walk past a barrier placed in front of a Phnom Penh road, April 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise sharply, Cambodian government has introduced even harsher measures to its lockdown restrictions in Phnom Penh and neighboring Takhmao City, in Kandal, while the capital’s poorest residents say they are struggling to access enough food to eat.

Kratie’s indigenous community fear losing forest amid large-scale land grab

Cassava plants on an illegal cleared portion of the Phnom Ses community forest in Kratie province's Sambo district. Photo taken in October 2020. CYN

Nearly half of an indigenous community forest in Kratie province has been destroyed and cleared by unknown groups and locals accuse provincial authorities of failing to stop the encroachment.

Industry 4.0 could threaten Cambodia’s garment and tourism sectors, says new ADB report

The garment workers leave from a factory in Phnom Penh, April 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The economic impact of the pandemic on Cambodia’s garment sector and tourism industry may only be the first blow to these economic engines.