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Can you believe that million of children under 14 work as full time labor while million of others were killed by conflict and disease I can not believe it but it is the fact Armed children disabled children refugee children as many as million of million Report from Child Rights Information Network about 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 work Of these 120 million work full time and some 50-60 million work in hazardous circumstances In India at least 18 million children live or work on the streets laboring as porters in railway stations or bus terminals as ragpickers and as vendors of food tea or handmade articles These street children routinely subjected to arbitrary and illegal detention torture and extortion and on occasion murder at the hands of police In Manila 13- and 14-year-old girls work 17-hour days at their sewing machines in sweatshops The pay 13 cents an hour Thats better than the one cent a day earned by 5-year-olds who weed the tea plantations in Sri Lanka Michele Landsberg In the Ashanti Goldfields jointly owned by the Government of Ghana and a company called Lonrho International 11-year-old boys labor naked in pools of cyanide to extract gold from rock Michele Landsberg Report from Human Rights Watch two million children were killed in the last decade in armed conflict Three times as many have been serious injured or permanently disabled while million of others have become refugees Child soldiers were used in more than thirty countries around the world Angola Colombia the Democratic Republic of Congo Lebanon Liberia Sierra Leone Sri Lanka Sudan and Uganda Some 300000 serve in current armed conflicts These young combatants participated in all aspects of contemporary warfare They wielded AK-47s and M-16s on front lines of combat served as human mine detectors participated in suicide missions carried supplies and acted as spies messengers or lookouts Armed conflicts caused millions of millions of
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