August 12, 2021
Workers leave a garment factory at the end of their shift in Cambodia in 2016. (Marcel Crozet/ILO/Flickr)

As Cambodia Sheds Factory Jobs, Family Farms Lose a Lifeline

Hammered by years of debt, drought and desperation, Cambodia’s smallholder farmers have long supported themselves by sending family to work in Phnom Penh factories. But the pandemic has upended the arrangement, forcing unemployed workers back to failing farms.

A boy in the Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Thom province in May 2017. (VOD)

Pursat Students Dropping Out Amid Low Incomes, Poor Connectivity

Saing Beth, 17, says he’s already abandoned his dream of becoming a police officer. Driving a taxi, as he’s doing now, is not as rewarding, but his family need the money. “Where could they get the money for me to finish school, since they have no income?”