Samoeun Nicseybon
Si Fah and her son sit on their boat and home docked at Phnom Penh's Chroy Changva commune on May 18, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Phnom Penh Fishers’ Boats, Incomes Plummet in Stronger Storms

Storm surges this month have ripped through a fishing community on the riverbanks of Phnom Penh, sinking boats, belongings and stores of food. Amid warnings of intensifying storms amid climate change, the families, who live on boats along the shore, speak of their anxieties about the future, and say they can only endure.

A Phnom Penh mosque is closed for Covid-19 precautions as Ramadan draws to an end, on the evening of May 11, 2021. (Samoeun Nicseybon/VOD)

As Ramadan Nears End, Muslim Community Anticipates Subdued Festivities

After a month of fasting, Phnom Penh’s Muslim community would normally gather at mosques for meals and prayers through the night. But as Ramadan this year nears its end, mosques remain shuttered as a public health measure, and members of the community say they will celebrate alone.

A barrier blocking a street into the Toul Svay Prey I "orange zone" in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Warning of Legal Action for Broadcasts From Red Zones, Following Ambulances

Journalists broadcasting from red zones, following ambulances or making misleading conclusions “without clear background” will face legal action, the Information Ministry said on Tuesday, as a spokesperson explained that the measures were needed as some had made reports without first verifying with relevant parties.

Traffic builds up at a roadblock outside Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey II commune on April 10, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

8,000 Active Cases, a Record Daily Increase: Another Tough Week

Phnom Penh continues to see the bulk of new cases: 2,934 were announced in the past week. And Pur Senchey and Meanchey districts remain the worst-hit areas in the capital, recording 852 and 656 new cases for the week, according to City Hall data compiled by VOD.