Syrian refugee children as young as six forced into work

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The children’s agency says this nine-year old boy works in construction 12 hours a day. Photo: UNICEF/MENA

The Syrian conflict has forced an increasing number of children into work, with some as young as six helping to support their families, a UN report warned on Thursday.

The problem affects the war-torn country and regional neighbours, with 3,300 young refugees at work in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, according to latest figures.

In Iraq, one-third of refugee children have been approached for recruitment with armed groups, the joint UNICEF/Save the Children report shows.

Others are forced into sexual exploitation or begging as their families become increasingly desperate, as UNICEF's Juliette Touma told Daniel Johnson.

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