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