By Martina Tomassini
|Shacks above a pool of water and garbage in Andong urban poor community, Phnom Penh|
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Phok Sophea
Rapid population growth in Cambodia’s capital is putting Phnom Penh under considerable pressure. Given its lack of adequate social services, social security and physical infrastructure, the city does not have capacity to cope with the current high influx of immigrants from rural areas it is experiencing. This results in ever-growing urban poor communities, where people live on the outskirts of society and face many challenges, including lack of basic sanitation and hygiene, as well as social services. I spoke with Alexandra Hammer, Project Advisor at UNICEF Cambodia, who has been working closely with these communities.