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Kenya Can End the Moral Indignity of Child Labour | Inter Press Service

Although child abuse and exploitation is prohibited by the Kenyan constitution, some children are still engaged in manual labour. XINHUA PHOTO: SAM NDIRANGU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 2018 (IPS) – On 12 June every year is the World Day Against Child Labour. In the world’s poorest countries, around one in four children are engaged in work that is potentially harmful to their health.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest proportion of child labourers (29 per cent of children aged 5 to 17 years) and is considered detrimental to their health and development.

Many children not yet in their teens, are sent out to work in farms, as sand harvesters, street hawkers, domestic workers, drug peddling and most piteously, as sex workers and child soldeirs.

Of all child labourers in these and similar industries around the world, half are in Africa, indicating that the continent’s conscience must urgently be pricked into action.

Read the whole story here: Kenya Can End the Moral Indignity of Child Labour | Inter Press Service

See related:

To mark the World Day Against Child Labour, Indonesia – a major global producer of agricultural products – has committed to eliminate all forms of child labour by 2022.

Read more here: Indonesia commits to end exploitation of children on World Day Against Child Labour | UN News

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