Conflicting Drowning Death Numbers Obscures Trauma Faced by Rural Cambodians

Seth Sreymom heard that a wooden house was being demolished nearby in Takeo province’s Bati district in April last year. The mother of three, who runs a small scavenging business, would have usually taken her children along when scouring for materials to sell.

However, this time she knew she would be dismantling zinc roofs and decided to leave them with their grandmother. An hour later, Seth Sreymom remembers a relative running towards her with devastating news.

“My younger sibling came and told me that my children had drowned,” she said, speaking to VOA Khmer in October 2019.

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