Syrian children increasingly exploited for labour due to ongoing violence 


July 2, Damascus: Numbers of children in Syria are being exploited in the labour market due to ongoing conflict in the country , a news report revealed.

Accoring to a new report relased by Save the Children and UNICEF on Thursday, children in the country were now contributing to the family income in more than three quarters of surveyed households.

The report also showed that close to half of all Syrian refugee children in neighbouring Jordan were now the joint or sole family breadwinners in surveyed households.
“As families become increasingly desperate, children are working primarily for their survival. Whether in Syria or neighbouring countries, they are becoming main economic players,” Roger Hearn, regional Director for Save the Children in the Middle East and Eurasia, said.In Lebanon, children as young as six years old are reportedly working, the report said.

The report found that a spiraling number of children are employed in harmful working conditions, risking serious damage to their health and wellbeing.

Children who work were more likely to drop out of school – adding to fears of a “lost generation” of Syrian children, according to the report.

Researchers of the report surveyed Syrian households in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.The most vulnerable of all working children are those involved in armed conflict, sexual exploitation and illicit activities including organised begging and child trafficking, the reports states.

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