Cambodia at risk

Written by on April 10, 2009 in Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

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Last month a British think tank predicted that Cambodia is one of the most likely countries in the world to experience unreast as a result of the global economic crisis. Cambodia made their top 5 list of countries at risk, which also included Zimbabwe, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. Now nobody wants to be in that club.

Today I’m reading about a new report by the World Bank warning that Cambodia will be the hardest hit country in Asia by the global recession in terms of poverty. They are predicting an additional 200,000 people will fall below the poverty line in 2009 ($1.25 per day), and a negative 1 percent growth in GDP (compared with postive growth of 10.2 percent in 2007).  Ominously, the garment industry — which has been a big reason for the economic growth these past few years — is being hit hard. Factories are closing that may have been low paying sweatshops, but people depended on them.

One obvious lesson of history is that countries fall apart. I hope that isn’t happening here, because I can close my eyes and see people who will be affected.

About the Author

About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .

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