COVID-19 has had a very significant impact on Cambodia. Tourism and travel traditionally represent around one third of Cambodia’s GDP – the highest in the ASEAN Region. This industry has been decimated due to COVID-19. It is estimated that an additional 1.3 million Cambodians will be pushed into poverty (those who earn €0.76 or less per day) as a result of the pandemic. According to the UN poverty is set to double arising from the pandemic.
The pandemic has also brought about an educational crisis. Children in Cambodia have already missed over 250 days in school and are likely to miss over 300. This is far more than children in all neighbouring countries and children in Ireland.
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