Life living in a poverty province

The government has not yet extended its poverty identification program, which identifies two classes of poverty (ID Poor 1, and ID Poor 2) to Kampong Speu so it is difficult to gauge the depths of poverty in the province. More- over, because the identification cards for ID Poor 1 & 2 have yet to be issued, those who would qualify are ineligible for the free medical services they would be entitled to. Poverty rates, based on reports from commune councils, vary according to district (there are 8) but have been falling from 2006. The rates are at their most extreme in western districts, where up to 44% of all households fall below the poverty line of about 50 US cents a day. Poverty rates are at their lowest (27-30%) in the provincial capital of Chbar Mon.

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