Cambodia's Children - 4
Sanitation and Water
Unfortunately, only 34% of people in Cambodia are using approved water sources. This means waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, and typhoi d are easily spread throughout the community, and children are among some of the worst affected. Only 16% of people have access to proper sanitation services, aggravating the problem even further. [6b]
Diarrhoea spreads most readily in environments of poor sanitation where safe water is unavailable - often areas that have been hit by human made or natural disasters. Water-borne diseases are one of the major causes of under-five mortality, along with pneumonia, malaria, and measles.
Many children are made to collect and carry water from dirty, infested streams and lakes, where they can catch all kinds of infections. They are not even educated in simple tasks such as boiling water in order to remove some of the impurities.
The children of Cambodia are crying out for help. This extremely poor country does not even offer enough sustenance and money to raise a healthy child. Children are being subjected to unspeakable horrors, and are being denied the simple access to fresh water, food, vaccinations, and safety. The children of Cambodia truly don't deserve to cry for any longer.
1-1a. LICADHO Cambodian League http://www.licadho.org
2. Friends International http://www.childrights-cambodia.org
3. MSNBC news http://www.msnbc.msn.com
4-4a. International Justice Mission http://www.ijm.org/
5. National Institute of Statistics
6-6b. UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/