No Silver Lining for Somalia’s Child Labourers

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NAIROBI - War and famine in Somalia have forced thousands of children in the country to abandon the dream of education and become workers instead.
UNICEF statistics show that half of all children between the ages of five and 14 from the country’s central and southern regions are employed.

In an effort to ban child labour; the Somali government has launched the ‘Go-2-School’ initiative, which aims to provide one million children with free education.

However, these plans have yet to bear fruit: according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), only 700 thousand youth out of 1.7 million primary school-aged children are enrolled in any kind of education. (END//2014)

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