Syria refugee children forced to work

2014-06-12 14:41
Syrian refugee students attend an Arabic lesson as they sit in a classroom at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, in Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. (Hussein Malla, AP)

Syrian refugee students attend an Arabic lesson as they sit in a classroom at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, in Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. (Hussein Malla, AP)

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Beirut - At least 50 000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are working, often in dire conditions and for 12 hours a day, to pay for food and shelter for their families, aid organisation Care said.

More than a million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, making up a quarter of the country's population, having fled a civil war in its fourth year, which has left more than 160 000 dead.

Only 50% of Syrian refugee children in the region attend school, and only 30% in Lebanon, Care said.

Children working as street vendors say they are earning less than $5 a day. Others work at coffee shops and markets or on farms and construction sites. Some say they commute for hours on buses into the capital Beirut.

Mohammad, a 14-year-old shoe shiner who fled Syria a year ago, said he makes about $6 a day, picking up work as he walks up and down the streets of Beirut's Hamra shopping district.

Mohammad said the money goes toward feeding his younger siblings. Asked if he would like to return to school, he said: "God willing, when I return to Syria."

Refugees

Other children beg, often with family members, in Hamra and others pack bags in minimarkets or work as car valets.

In Jordan, where nearly 600 000 Syrian refugees live, child labour has doubled nationwide to 60 000 since the start of the war, Care said this week.

The group is giving cash to families in Jordan and Lebanon, which has banned refugee camps, to allow children to attend school rather than work, but funds are insufficient, Care said.

"The conditions are harsh and safety and security of the children is not guaranteed," Johanna Mitscherlich, Regional Emergency Communications co-ordinator for Care Jordan, said in an e-mail, noting that housing is inadequate and that families struggle by on one or two meals a day.

"There are also quite a few children who have injuries from the war or who are still traumatised and can therefore neither work nor go to school," she said.

Thursday marks International Day against Child Labour with about 168 million children working worldwide, down by a third since 2000, according to the International Labour Organisation.
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