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:

Mali:   Les différents groupes armés du Nord en désaccord à Alger (news)
Radio France Internationale
23 October 2014

En Algérie, les discussions de paix maliennes se poursuivent. En début de semaine, la médiation qui regroupe les pays voisins du Mali et les organisations internationales a remis ... [read more]

Mali:   Pourparlers intermaliens d'Alger - Vers l'impasse (news)
Le Pays
22 October 2014

Depuis mardi dernier à Alger, mouvements armés du Nord-Mali et autorités de Bamako s'attèlent à amender le texte de l'accord de paix rédigé par les ... [read more]

Mali:   Political Armed Movements Reaffirm Commitment to 'Cease-Fire', 'Road Map' (news)
Algerie Presse Service
22 October 2014

The political armed movements of the northern Mali which participated Tuesday in the 3rd round of "peace talks" in Algiers, reaffirmed their commitment to respect the cease-fire and to move forward in ... [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!