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