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    Posted August 22, 2011 by
    Sigho
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    Abuja, Nigeria
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    MODERN DAY CHILD LABOUR IN NIGERIA

     

    This is what modern day child labour looks like in Nigeria.

    My sources are the faces you see in Market places, the voices you hear in the Parks and the Little hands that build the imposing structures within the neigbourhood.

    The sources of my story portray how Child labour today has grown beyond forced labour in factories to a very  Loose situation where Children between 9 and 15yrs are now left to indulge in certain level of commercial activities and odd jobs rathan being in the classroom for learning.

    These children are mostly without basic education. There are being used as cheap labour in construction sites and usually will earn less than half of what an adult male will earn a day. In market places they carry goods in Wheel barrows,on the streets they sell wares along.

    The lives of the sources of my story is a negation of the United nation Article on Childs Right Convention as most of the children I came across indulge in dangerous work activities which interfers with their education.

    The Article 32 UN of  Convention on the Rights of the Child states that:

    ... Parties must recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.

    These are the basic content of my story which I need to tell to the world. These children have nothing to live for and so they can be manipulated easily by wrong hands.

    They grow up without love and dignity and so they later become tools of destruction in the society by extremists and terror groups.

    These children are Vulnerable, they grow up to be the READY TOOLS for terror groups who will find them so easy and cheap to Brainwash.

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