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Phnom Penh's Water Festival in 2014 (Flickr/PhotAsia)

Water Festival Called Off as Phnom Penh Rolls Out Third Doses

Long boats will not race down the Tonle Sap in front of the Royal Palace this year after the government decided to again cancel the annual Water Festival. The announcement coincides with the start of a third-dose vaccine campaign in 11 capital districts.

A cave at Kampong Trach in Kampot province on August 27, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Praying for Land Sales at Holy Kampot Caves

“People like to come to wish for good luck,” Sok Chea says. “If they want to sell their property, like land, they will come to wish to make a deal happen sooner and to get a good price for their land.”

Motorists drive past a KTV.

Women at Karaoke Parlors Pressured Into Abortions to Keep Their Jobs

Six entertainment workers told VOD of forced pregnancy tests, pressure to terminate and the experience of self-induced abortions while trying to hold onto jobs. As the women experience potential trauma, the motivation among employers often comes down to superstition: Pregnant women are “four-eyed girls” bringing bad business.

Hun Sen speaks to provincial officials on July 1 ordering the purchase of coffins and herbal remedies while also chastising them over the hoarding of rapid tests in warehouses, in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

Covid-19 Cases Sharply Decline After Hun Sen Orders New Policy

Cambodia saw a sharp decrease in Covid-19 cases after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a scaling back of rapid testing, as Siem Reap province ended QR code scanning at its borders and Preah Vihear lifted its red zones.