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One in four African children have to work

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7550.1112-d (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1112
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    More than 200 million children worldwide are involved in various forms of labour, a report from the International Labour Organization this week showed. One in four children in Africa go out to work, it says.

    Around 122.3 million children in Asia are economically active, 49.3 million in sub-Saharan Africa, 5.7 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 13.4 million in other regions.

    The total number of children involved in all forms of labour, however, is falling. The number fell by 11% between 2000 and 2004, from 246 million to 218 million.

    “The end of child labour is within …

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