Children in Cambodia
Main problems faced by children in Cambodia
Around 30% of the population lives below the poverty line in Cambodia, a country that is just recovering from a violent war that tore it apart at the end of the 20th century. The State is equally marked by a strong disparity between urban and rural areas. This poverty touches children most of all, who as a result suffer from malnutrition and marginal life conditions.
Access to potable water is a very serious problem in Cambodia that affects rural zones in particular. In fact, in these regions only around 16% of the population has access to potable water, and it should be known that around 80% of Cambodians live in the country. Because of this, numerous children die from diarrhoeal illness and hygiene remains equally problematic: households and even schools are not always equipped with toilets.
Currently, more than 10% of Cambodian children do not go to school. Access to education for young girls is even more restricted since only 20% of them go to a secondary school.
Even if the education rate has improved in the past few years, the conditions of education are deplorable. The material and hygiene in schools is largely inadequate. Also, children combine work and school and so can’t study in good conditions.