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YEMEN: Political upheaval likely to increase child labour | IRIN Middle East

HAJJAH, 6 October 2011 (IRIN) – More parents are likely to put their children to work amid the upheaval caused by months of anti-government protests in Yemen, government and aid sources say.

Yemen is already home to one million child labourers, mostly employed in the fishing industry or agriculture, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour’s Child Labour Combating Unit.

With poverty being a key factor in child labour in Yemen, many more families are sending their children to work to boost family income amid increasing food prices caused by the unrest, Muna Salim, head of the unit, told IRIN.

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