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.

Experts fear child marriage on the rise in Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri amid COVID-19 pandemic

A Bunong wedding ceremony held in Mondulkiri on February 2019. Hungkry Syphon

Last year, at the age of 17, Khea Sreyleak dropped out of her school in Mondulkiri’s O’Raing district to marry a 24-year-old neighbor — a member of her small Bunong community. She became a mother within a year and spends most of her day caring for her infant and family.