Children from poor families in urban areas face huge challenges

Victor, 11, sorting garbage to sell for recycling. Medellin (Antioquia), Barrio La America, Colombia.

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, according to a new report by UNICEF.

In fact, an increasing number are struggling to eat, get clean water, access health care and go to school.

These are children growing up in slums and informal settlements where exploitive labour and gang violence are rampant according to the UN's Children's Fund.

UNICEF spokesperson Peter Smerdon spoke to Jocelyne Sambira about this growing trend.

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