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A man collects fish from the Tonle Sap river in Kandal province to make prahok, December 14, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Prahok Season: Fish Numbers Are Down But So Are Prices

It’s Cambodia’s favorite fermented delicacy, adding a kick of umami to many a classic Khmer dish, but this year the number of fish caught in the Tonle Sap has declined, with some blaming the construction of large hydropower dams along the Mekong River, as well as climate change, for the dearth.
Cyclo drivers Choy Pich 78 and Sin Met 65 waiting for customers along a street in Phnom Penh, December 6, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

2.8 million Cambodians were living under the poverty line in 2020

As workers began heading out for lunch in central Phnom Penh last week, a grey-haired cyclo driver smiled and waved, hoping to entice a fare. As had been the case nearly every other day that week, Choy Pech, 78, had failed to find a single passenger though he had been out since early morning.