Hundreds of desperate Australians look to charter flight out of Cambodia

Thousands of Australians are stranded around the world, with opportunities to get home during the coronavirus pandemic becoming few and far between.

A group of more than 300 Australians in Cambodia have asked the Australian embassy for assistance to leave, as they face a military-enforced lockdown that watch groups warn could “obliterate human rights.”

Peter Gillard, a 26-year-old pilot, says others in a Facebook group called ‘Aussies attempting to Leave Cambodia’ include a family of nine – with a child with autism who needs more medication – and a family travelling with elderly parents.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he’s “shocked and bewildered” at 16,000 Australians defying travel advice to travel overseas, saying they won’t “find themselves high on the list” to return to the country.

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