Cambodian fisherman escaped violence by jumping ship, spending four days adrift

Fishermen who were rescued from Thai fishing boats are served breakfast at a building in Chroy Changva district, Phnom Penh June 18, 2015.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

During the four days he spent adrift on a buoy after escaping violent coworkers on a Malaysian fishing boat, Pei Poeun said he had little hope of survival.

Cambodia will temporarily accept up to 300 Afghan refugees

Drivers pass the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on August 3, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government said it has agreed to shelter up to 300 Afghan refugees while they are being processed for third country resettlement.

Advocates urge booster dose for garment workers

Garment workers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh leave their factory after finishing their work. August 18, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Unions and civil society groups are urging the government to prioritize garment workers for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread.

Gov’t locks down border provinces, and announces new nationwide restrictions, amid fears of spreading Delta variant

Police set up a barricade along a street during a lockdown in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government announced it is locking down eight provinces along the Thai border in order to curb the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and installing nationwide restrictions on restaurants, cinemas, museums, and entertainment venues, as well as travel curfews, amid a surge in neighboring Thailand.

Cambodian garment workers lost about $109 million in wages during the pandemic lockdowns: report

A garment worker crosses a barrier placed at the border of a red zone in Choam Chao 1 commune, Pur Senchey district in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodian garment workers lost an estimated $109 million in wages during the pandemic lockdowns in April and May, according to calculations by Cambodian trade unions and the Clean Clothes Campaign.