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Rice field rats caught in Koh Andet district are sold to brokers for 4,000 to 5,000 riel ($1 to $1.25) a kilogram. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

In Takeo, Migrant Families Turn to Rat Trade Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

During the rainy season, rising waters in the rice fields surrounding Takeo’s Koh Andet district provide an ample supply of rodents. As the global economic downturn leaves many jobless, some are turning to catching and exporting rats to make ends meet.

Ly Soeurng stands outside what is left of her family’s Phnom Penh gas-refill shop two days after her son, daughter and two workers were killed in a gas explosion and fire on July 18, 2020. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Survivors Sift Through Debris, Omens After Fatal Gas Fire

After a gas explosion and fire seen from Phnom Penh rooftops across town that killed four people, family members and neighbors of the victims are reckoning with the debris, debt and ghosts they say remain in the aftermath of the tragedy.