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COVID-fuelled child labour crisis spurs call for global social protection fund

Sep 22 2021

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With thousands of children being forced into child labour every day, leading child rights activists on Wednesday called for a global social protection fund to stem the loss of a generation to COVID-19.

The children who run away to work: Ethiopia's hidden weavers

Aug 25 2021

CHENCHA, Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five barefoot young boys were walking to town to look for work when they were apprehended by the police, in a cat-and-mouse battle to stamp out child labour among traditional weavers who produce Ethiopia's famous, white 'shamma' shawls.

Factbox-Ten facts about rising child labour around the world

Jun 10 2021

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations says child labour is on the rise for the first time in 20 years, with millions more young people at risk of becoming child labourers due to the economic shocks and school closures caused by COVID-19.

Child labour rises globally for the first time in decades

Jun 09 2021

ADDIS ABABA, June 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Child labour has risen for the first time in 20 years, the United Nations said on Thursday, with one in 10 children in work worldwide and millions more at risk due to COVID-19.

Fears of exploitation grow for children stranded in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

May 04 2021

ADDIS ABABA, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of children separated from their parents are at risk of abuse, exploitation and child labour after fleeing conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

'End is in sight': tackling a rare disease in a global pandemic

Apr 29 2021

ADDIS ABABA, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Okello Aballa Ognum regularly has to walk deep into the jungles of south-west Ethiopia to treat the water ponds that harbour a debilitating parasitic disease.

Africa's children need to get back to school to avoid 'lost generation'

Apr 22 2021

ADDIS ABABA, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From free school meals to decent work for adults, African officials are working to bring child labourers who dropped out of school due to COVID-19 back into the classroom to avoid a lost generation and meet a pledge to end child labour by 2025.

Gambia eliminates trachoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide

Apr 21 2021

ADDIS ABABA, April 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gambia has eliminated trachoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, the government has announced, after almost four decades of work to counter the disease.

Ethiopia's migrants turn to sex work as pandemic sends them home

Mar 03 2021

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As an Ethiopian working as a maid in Dubai, life was far from easy for Yemisrach. But when the coronavirus pandemic struck, forcing her to return home and take up sex work, things got a whole lot worse.

Children seen at risk of recruitment in Central African Republic fighting

Feb 19 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed groups have recruited nearly 3,000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) since violence flared over a Dec. 27 election result and more are at risk as aid fails to reach many people driven from their homes, aid workers said.

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