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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.

Actors playing thieves impersonating police officers in a CTN comedy show. The episode, “Fraudulent Fine,” which was released on June 15, 2020, has drawn criticisms from police officers. (CTN/screengrab)

Long-Haired Traffic-Cop Parody Prompts Police Complaint

Claiming damage to officers’ “prestige and dignity,” the country’s national police union has asked the Information Ministry to step in and regulate a series of comedic videos depicting traffic-police imposters in an “inappropriate” way — including having long hair.

Authorities seize bicycles from activists who planned to cycle from Koh Kong province to Phnom Penh in June 2020, aiming to petition the government to make Koh Kong Krao a protected area. (Supplied)

By Bikes, Feet and Taxis, Activists Call for Marine Protected Area

Activists traveling from Koh Kong — first by bicycle, then by foot — aim to complete their protest journey calling for a new protected area by taxi after authorities stopped them in their tracks on Thursday for the second time while en route to Phnom Penh.

Former Dignity Knitter workers rest under a tent in front of the closed garment factory in Takhmao City on May 1, 2020. (Hun Sirivadh/VOD)

Awaiting Payouts, Fired Garment Workers Keep Watch Outside Factory

About 100 fired garment workers have been guarding their closed factory in shifts since mid-January. They aim to ensure the owner does not sell equipment left inside and disappear with the money before paying workers what they are owed by the end of May.

A Medical Waste Management Unit worker navigates the waste-strewn warehouse floor of the Dangkor landfill in Phnom Penh on April 9, 2020. (Gerald Flynn)

Medical Waste Collectors: Cambodia’s Unseen Front-Line Workers

On the front lines of Cambodia’s fight against Covid-19, the five-man team responsible for disposing of all of Phnom Penh’s medical waste says they are poorly equipped, uninsured and at risk of infection, but few recognize the challenges they face.

A truck is seen transporting logs in the Prey Lang Forest in Kratie province in early 2019. (Ouch Leng)

New Trails, Satellite Images Point to More Logging Inside Prey Lang

Forestry watchdogs say they have seen increased logging activity in the Prey Lang sanctuary, especially after independent forest patrollers were stopped by authorities from entering, but officials have defended their ban on unregistered forest patrols.