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Hundreds of Cambodians stranded at closed checkpoint

Around 400-500 Cambodian workers are stranded at the Aranyaprathet immigration checkpoint in Sakaew province after the checkpoint was closed today (March 23). It is expected to reopen only on April 14.

The immigrant workers who were not informed of the situation are now waiting aimlessly at the border. All the while their numbers are increasing.
Thai officials are collaborating with Cambodian immigration officers to decide whether or not they should allow the workers to enter Cambodia.
One of the workers said her employer ordered her to take leave for 14 days and she decided to return to her homeland, but she just realised the border has been closed. She begged officials to let all the workers pass because they had nowhere else to go.

Published : March 23, 2020

By : The Nation