Cambodians complain of lockdown hunger as outbreak takes toll on poor

Residents in Cambodia’s capital gathered on Friday to demand food from the government, outraged at what they called inadequate aid distribution during a tough COVID-19 lockdown that bars people from leaving their homes.

Authorities put Phnom Penh and a nearby town under a hard lockdown on April 19 to quell a surge in coronavirus infections that has seen Cambodia’s case total balloon from about 500 to 12,641 since late February, including all 91 of its deaths.

“People in my village haven’t received a food donation yet, it has been 10 days,” factory worker Oum Sreykhouch, 25, told Reuters by telephone from the city’s Meanchey district, where about 100 people protested for a second day.

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