Working 60 hours a week is tough for anyone, but it's ever harder when you're nine months pregnant. That's the reality for Ken Sri Tu. She's 27. She's already a mom to a 4-year-old boy, and she works in this shoe factory in Cambodia. Her country's preparing for an election next week, but they've had the same leader, Hun Sen. For more than 30 years and he's looking set to win another term.
No matter what, Ken Sri thinks there's little possibility the vote will lead to change for people like her. Reuters photojournalist Anne Wang recently spent time with her to see what life is like for Cambodia's voters.>> She's probably one of the bravest woman I've ever met. I mean, she's nine months pregnant, and she still gets up at 6:00 in the morning, prepare her son for the day, and then take a open-air truck for 30 minutes to the factory and then she sits there for 11 hours.
>> The factory makes shoes that are sold in the US, Britain, and Japan. She works here with over 4,000 other people, mostly women. The job makes her the family's only bread winner, bringing home just $240 a month.>> We were just amazed by how shoes are made. We had literally no idea.
It's little, little pieces that's hand-sewn together.>> Hun Sen had 2 close electoral calls in 2013 and 2017, and this year he's playing tough politics to make sure it doesn't happen again. His government's been targetting opposition politicians and media ahead of the poll. And Ken Sri says she knows that speaking out about Cambodian politics is a risky business.
>> So, she's brave, she is super woman but when I ask her about election, when I ask her opinion on Hun Sen, she was afraid. She literally had tears in her eyes.>> She says her and her husband just wanna make sure they can keep their son in school and try to give him a better life than them.