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Sébastien MAROT

Issue / Homeless Children in Cambodia

Cambodia is an Asian country situated between Thailand and Vietnam, where the poverty level is quite high. As in many other parts of the world, women and children are the main victims of economic deprivation. It is estimated that half of Cambodian children under the age of five show signs of malnutrition, a condition that can negatively affect their growth and development.

In the country’s capitol of Phnom Penh, over 40,000 homeless children live on the streets, at the mercy of generous or ill-intentioned tourists. Without access to adequate education, these youths too often enter the world of prostitution, violence and drugs, increasing their risks of contracting diseases such as AIDS. A large number of children also sniff glue in order to momentarily forget their hunger.