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CSOs report Covid-19 impacts

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Garment workers are one segment that has been disproportionately impacted by the fallout from the disease. Hean Rangsey

CSOs report Covid-19 impacts

Five civil society organisations presented a report on Thursday highlighting the negative impacts that Covid-19 has had on farmers, sex workers, garment workers and students.

The report was presented by the Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), the Worker’s Information Centre (WIC), the Social Action for Community and Development (SACD), The Messenger Band (MB), and the Cambodian Grassroots Cross Sector Network/People Action for Development (PAD).

MB representative Chrek Sopha told The Post that the report aimed to advocate for immediate support for the four groups of heavily affected people and spur a dialogue between relevant parties to take action.

The report found that these groups of citizens have encountered daily life problems including lack of income, debts, and health issues.

The report requested that the government and relevant institutions implement measures to help them.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said he has yet to receive the detailed report but if it is truthful and based on real data, it can be a reference point for the government as it tries to remedy the situation.

“We will not only look at the report, but we will also identify poor and vulnerable people in each area.

“We have also helped ease their burdens considering the Covid-19 circumstances. Regarding problems of debtors now, they have to discuss ways to solve the problem with creditors,” he said.

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