As Phnom Penh students embraced public buses, the pandemic brought the service to an abrupt stop

Passengers alight from a Phnom Penh public bus last March, shortly before City Hall decided to shut down the fledgling public transport service because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panha Chhorpoan

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.

‘Left behind’ in COVID-19 pandemic, informal workers sing for assistance

Entertainment industry workers who lost their jobs, after the government shut down KTVs, casinos and theaters in the wake of Covid-19, gather in front of the Labor Ministry on June 10 to submit a petition asking for monetary support. Panha Chhorpoan

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.

Workers face unpaid wages as pandemic, flooding stonewall construction activity

Construction workers offload materials at a worksite in Phnom Penh on November 8. Panha Chhorpoan

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.