Every morning, Tha Mengsrean would leave his home at 5:35 a.m., walk around 200 meters to the bus stop and take the 5:40 bus to Bak Touk High School. The 17-year-old student took the bus from his home in Chroy Changvar district in northeast Phnom Penh to Prampi Makara district daily.
Workers in the informal sector are singing for support, with the release of a song last week that says they’ve been ignored during the COVID-19 pandemic and pleads for financial assistance from the government.
Mech Sareoun had not been paid in months and was relying on small loans from his employer to support his family. The COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the construction sector and its nearly 150,000 workers. But, the construction worker, who lives in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, was heading for another economic shock last month.