Sihanoukville’s half-built high-rises wait for the Chinese to return

A construction site in Village 1 Commune3, Sihanoukville province, has been left unfinished for nearly two years since many Chinese left town due to COVID-19. Picture taken October 26, 2021. CamboJA/ Sorn Sarath

“At the beginning, we could pay back the loan easily, but since the Chinese left, I can’t make money and now I have requested to pay only the interest,” she said.

Youth activists cry foul after being turned away from community forests

Authorities in Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district stop a youth group from visiting the O’Kbal Daun Krey community forest. Photo taken on September 25, 2021. Cheat Chan Rainsy

Several youth environmental groups said they have been blocked from entering community forests in recent months, with local authorities saying they need special permits and that the forests are too dangerous to camp in.