As cities expand, more children growing up in slums at risk

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Over a billion children around the world are growing up in cities and towns, and those living in poor communities are deprived and excluded from essential services.

That's according to this year's report on the state of the world's children by the UN Children's Fund.

UNICEF says one in three urban dwellers worldwide live in slums and many children do not have access to clean water, electricity or health care.

Peter Smerdon is UNICEF's spokesperson.

"When you think of poverty, most people think of a child growing up in a rural area, and think opportunities are much better for children in urban areas because they have access to schools, clinics and that kind of thing. But in many ways, for the urban poor, it can be harder in urban settings, it can be harder to grow up in a city or town- especially in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa."

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