Where's the global outrage?

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Dec 10 2012, 02:00:01

215 million children worldwide are forced to work, trapping them in poverty and denying them an education or a decent future

Child labour is the slavery of our age. It is locking millions of children into lives of poverty, vulnerability and servitude. Yet the same governments, donors and UN agencies now convening endless workshops on the next set of international development goals have failed to respond to a real and present child labour scourge that is destroying lives today on an epic scale.

Headline figures tell part of the story. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are 215 million five to 17-year-olds trapped in child labour. Globally, numbers are falling at a desperately slow pace. On current trends there will still be 170 to 190 million child labourers in 2020. In Africa the numbers are going up.

Half of all working children are employed in what the ILO describes as "hazardous conditions". That's a polite euphemism for conditions that would have shocked even the most hardened Victorian social reformers.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Algérie:   Dialogue intermalien - les parties acceptent comme base solide un document d'accord de paix (news)
Algerie Presse Service
24 October 2014

Le gouvernement malien et les représentants des groupes politico-militaires de la région du nord du Mali ont accepté "comme une base solide" un document de négociation ... [read more]

Mali:   La France va renforcer son dispositif militaire dans le Nord (news)
Radio France Internationale
24 October 2014

La France va renforcer son dispositif militaire dans le nord du Mali. Elle entend riposter à la recrudescence d'attaques jihadistes ces dernières semaines dans la région. [read more]

Mali:   Le Mali annonce le premier cas d'Ebola sur son territoire (news)
Agence de Presse Sénégalaise
24 October 2014

Le Mali a annoncé jeudi le premier cas d'Ebola sur son territoire, avec l'identification d'une fillette de deux ans rentrée récemment de la Guinée. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!