Cambodian children afraid of violence
- Published: 22/11/2012 at 09:45 AM
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More children in Cambodia are afraid of violence than in any other part of the world, according to a survey conducted by ChildFund Alliance, an international child development group.
More than 6,000 children in 47 countries took part in the survey, in which Cambodia ranks alongside Liberia and Afghanistan as the countries where the highest percentage of children expressed concern on violence and crime.
When asked "What are you most afraid of?" About one third of interviewed Cambodian children answered violence and crime.
"I am afraid of thieves, child rape and drug users," a 12-year-old Cambodian girl told an interviewer.
The finding was a significantly high percentage compared to other countries, where around 10% of respondents named violence and crime as their top fears. Most children were afraid of scary animals and insects.
Unfullfilled aspirations, such as not being able to complete school or find employment, were Cambodian children's next biggest fear, identified by 22% of respondents
Nearly three-quarters of Cambodian children surveyed indicated that they would improve education and provide better opportunities if they were the country's leader, demonstrating their high consideration for education - much higher than the average of 39% of the total children surveyed and 52% of those in developing Asian countries.
Also up to 37% of Cambodian respondents stated that they want to be teachers or academic when they grow up.
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