Social Issues
The gates of Prey Sar prison’s Correctional Center 1 in Phnom Penh. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

10 to 20 Percent of Inmates Got Covid-19 at Infected Prisons

Ten to 20 percent of inmates at infected prisons — likely thousands of prisoners — were found with Covid-19, as a prison official said that weeks of concealing the extent of the outbreak was about preventing riots and protecting prison guards.

A man buys scrap metal from floating house residents who were told to dismantle their houses in Phnom Penh's Prek Pnov district on June 12, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Floating Fish Farms Drift Upstream as Eviction Deadline Hits

Floating fish farms floated 5 km north temporarily, those without fish worked to dismantle their homes, and some moved onto a wooden platform on shore, as the deadline for Phnom Penh floating communities’ evictions passed this weekend.

Illicit drugs confiscated by authorities (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Cambodia ‘Increasingly Targeted’ for Drug Production by Organized Crime

Organized crime groups — with individuals commonly from China and Taiwan — are “increasingly targeting” Cambodia for the production of meth and ecstasy and the trafficking of ketamine, with international syndicates’ signature tea bags used for smuggling found in the country, a new report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says.