“Before I thought that child education was not parents’ responsibility; it was teachers’,” said Chanthou, a mother of three children. “Our responsibility is to take care of the family income”.
Being a young parent is difficult, even when you have access to social services which empower parents to provide optimal care for child development and family support available. Imagine the added difficulty, vulnerability and fear when teenagers – just girls themselves – are thrust into this reality. This is the situation for tens of thousands of girls in Cambodia who become pregnant before they are adults – a situation that not only ends their own childhood, but puts their young babies at increased risk.
New report highlights the risk of exclusion for young Cambodian mothers and children
A dramatic increase in the number of teenage mothers in Cambodia is putting the wellbeing of some of the nation’s youngest children at risk, says Save the Children.