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Consulate in Shanghai arranges repatriation of abused woman

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Sem Sreypich asks for help to return from China to Cambodia at the Consulate General in Shanghai. Facebook

The Cambodian Consulate in Shanghai is helping a Cambodian woman who claims to be a victim of an abusive marriage in China to return home next week, after she appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen for help.

The Cambodian Consulate in Shanghai, China, has cooperated with Chinese authorities to help a Cambodian woman named Sem Sreypich, living in Zhejiang province, who intends to return to Cambodia because she is being abused by her husband, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday.

The consulate issued an intervention letter in a bid to help her and the Chinese police agreed to issue the exit visa for her on October 21.

The ministry said Sreypich is currently staying at friend’s house, near the Zhejiang Provincial Police Station in Wenzhou while waiting for her visa.

“At the request of the consulate, Chab Dai Coalition Cambodia agreed to pay for her plane ticket,” it said.

The Consulate is providing her with food, train tickets from Wenzhou to Shanghai and COVID-19 screening, worth $500, the ministry said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong told Khmer Times yesterday that Sreypich will receive a temporary residence visa from the Chinese authorities today.

He said: “After getting the visa, she will stay temporarily at the consulate, while waiting for her flight to Phnom Penh, due on October 22.”

According a recorded video shared on Facebook, bursting into tears, Sreypich called on Cambodian Facebook users watching the video to share it and make her voice heard by Mr Hun Sen.

She said she was cheated upon arrival in China, adding that she did not have a phone to contact her family. She convinced someone to let her use their phone to record the video.

“I have been in misery here for two years. I want to go back home. I don’t want to stay here anymore,” Sreypich said. “I was suffering from abuse. I would like to request Uncle Hun Sen and any Excellency to help me. I am sick now. I was not taken to hospital. I was left behind,” she said.

Sreypich added she hoped Mr Hun Sen would help her return home, adding that “at least, I will be able to see my parents again. If I die, my eyes will be closed.”

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