Rural Cambodia pins economic hope on vaccines reaching there

Rural Cambodians continue to face the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact even as the capital enjoys a slow but steady rebound in commercial activity because of continued vaccination efforts.

Sampoar village in Kampong Speu province’s Basedth district is home to about 374 households living near the foothills of Dam Rei Romeal Mountain.

Most of the population rely on agriculture but also supplement their income by working in factories or on construction sites, according to Deputy Village Chief Kong Saray.

“It has been a very difficult situation here since the travel restrictions [were imposed]. People were able to move from one place to another but now they have no choice but to stay here,” Saray told Khmer Times via a translator. “This is the reason why they can’t earn anything.”

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