More than 1.3 million child labourers in Yemen: ILO

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Child collecting water in Bini Hoseish. Yemen

More than 1.3 million children in Yemen are involved in child labour, including 469,000 in the 5-11 age group, according to a new study.

This means 17 per cent of Yemen's 7.7 million children in the 5-17 age group and 11 per cent of those aged 5-11 are involved in child labour, according to the study which is Yemen's first-ever national child labour survey carried out with support from the International Labour Organization, the Social Development Fund and UNICEF.

In addition to the 1.3 million child labourers, more than 300,000 children aged 14 to 17 work in conditions and activities considered suitable for their age.

ILO Regional Director for the Arab States, Nada al-Nashif said "The survey reveals the alarming extent to which Yemeni children are deprived of their rights," adding "The protection of Yemen's children must be a priority for the international community. He said Yemen's development depends on it."

The report says that working children and child labourers are far more likely than others not to attend school or to drop out of school.

It also stresses that widespread poverty, population pressure, political instability and limited opportunities for employment outside agriculture impact the livelihoods of children in Yemen.

The study defines as child labourers anyone under the age of 14 who is employed, and those in the 14-17 age group who work more than 30 hours a week, or are involved in any designated hazardous economic activities and occupations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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