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Away from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kingdom suffers the economic and social consequences

Couverture Asie du Sud-Est 2021Julie BLOT

Cambodia was not really affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 on a sanitary point of view, however the economy, society, political liberties and education were deeply impacted. Even if the country was not under any lockdown, many economic activities were slowed down by individuals who decided to temporarily close their shops or factories out of fear, by restriction of visas and flights that stopped tourism, and by the global economic crisis of demand brought about by the pandemic. Cambodian garment and tourism workers received some help from the government, a first in a country that lacks social protection. However, government aid did not reach independent workers or small street sellers, who fell deeper into poverty. At the same time, schools were closed for the largest part of the year, increasing the Cambodian education disaster.

Keywords: education, social protection, freedom of speech.