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Cambodia newspaper highlights Vietnamese women’s good deeds to local anti-pandemic force

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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April 26, 2021 | 12:34

Cambodia’s prestigious news outlet Khmer Times on April 25 dedicates one article to praise the heart-warming act of an overseas Vietnamese who makes free cakes and milk tea to cater to the anti-pandemic force in Cambodia.

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Cambodia newspaper highlights Vietnamese women’s good deeds to local anti-pandemic force
Nhung was captured while making cakes (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Nhung)

In the article named “Vietnamese woman makes cakes, milk tea to gift anti-pandemic force in Cambodia,” Ms. Nguyen Thi Nhung, a Vietnamese Cambodian was reported as owner of a grocery store, where she sells “Bún đậu mắm tôm” (noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste) and cakes in Toul Tom Poung area. However, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept in, she has switched to sell cakes online and only shipped within the district-scale since April 15. At that time, she came up with the idea of making cakes and milk tea to donate to the anti-Covid-19 force in the area.

Cambodia newspaper highlights Vietnamese women’s good deeds to local anti-pandemic force
Khmer Times dedicates one article to praise the heart-warming act of Nhung (Photo: Captured)

“I see police in other areas have been presented water. Therefore, I decided to make cakes and milk tea to gift police in my area. On April 22 morning, I made 30 portions”, Nhung was quoted by Zing News.

Nhung’s husband, half Cambodian and half Vietnamese, who has been off from work spends time driving Nhung to present food by motorbike.

“The police force in my area consist of both young and old people. Each checkpoint includes 5 police on duty. When receiving food, they are surprised and thank me a lot. I hope that my deed will be followed by other areas to encourage the spirit of anti-pandemic force”, Khmer Times quoted.

Quickly eating instant noodles to timely make 50 portions of cakes and tea before April 23 noon, Nhung said “It takes me about three hours to make them. The ingredients are available since I also make salted egg sponges for sale. I do it by myself and don’t like calling for support. I will take advantage of the time to make as many as I can”, Nhung added.

Cambodia newspaper highlights Vietnamese women’s good deeds to local anti-pandemic force
(Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Nhung)

Apart from anti-Covid-19 police, Nhung and her husband distribute milk, cakes, and canned fish to the homeless. They even give them money. These are charitable activities that they have done for a long time.

Over the past week, Nhung has discounted 5% of all items at her grocery store to support pandemic-hit people in Cambodia. One of her friends, the owner of an N95 mask-producing company also presented 17.500 masks to the Cambodian Ministry of Defense.

According to Nhung, Cambodia reports an average of 500 new cases every day.

“I hope everyone stays calm and complies with the government’s regulations on Covid-19 prevention and control. The awareness of each person will contribute to helping the country to soon stem the epidemic”, she said.

Cambodia newspaper highlights Vietnamese women’s good deeds to local anti-pandemic force
(Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thi Nhung)

Nhung has settled down in Cambodia for more than three years. Wishing to preserve the Vietnamese cuisine, she has opened the shop selling “Bún đậu mắm tôm”, “Bún chả” (Kebab rice noodles) and other Vietnamese traditional dishes for nearly two years.

Ingredients are sent from Vietnam by her biological mother. In addition, her shop is decorated in the Vietnamese style with lotus flowers, baskets, etc. Living far away from the homeland, maintaining Vietnamese cuisine is happiness to Nhung.

Cambodia reported a daily record of 10 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, its health ministry said, as infections spike following an outbreak first detected in late February.

The latest figures take the country's overall number of cases to 9,359. Cambodia until recently had one of the world's lowest numbers of infections. It has reported 71 deaths, all in the past two months.

Phnom Penh went into lockdown on April 15 and has declared some districts "red zones," banning people from leaving their homes except for medical reasons.

In a new order issued on late Friday, Phnom Penh City Hall said all markets are to be closed from Saturday until May 7, adding that they have seen rising infections in markets and urging vendors and guards to get tested for COVID-19.

City officials have given thousands of families who can't leave their homes 25kg of rice, a box of soy sauce, a bag of fish sauce and a bag of canned fish, according to the City Hall's Facebook page.

A government Telegram group set up recently for people seeking emergency food aid, has received thousands of requests, Reuters reported.

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