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In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

Globally over 1.5 billion people live in countries that are affected by conflict, violence and fragility. At the same time, around 200 million people are affected by disasters every year. A third of them are children. A significant proportion of the 168 million children engaged in child labour live in areas affected by conflict and disaster. The World Day Against Child Labour this year will focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labour.

Conflicts and disasters have a devastating impact on people’s lives. They kill, maim, injure, force people to flee their homes, destroy livelihoods, push people into poverty and starvation and trap people in situations where their basic human rights are violated. Children are often the first to suffer as schools are destroyed and basic services are disrupted. Many children are internally displaced or become refugees in other countries, and are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and child labour. Ultimately, millions of children are pushed into child labour by conflicts and disasters.

As the world strives to achieve the elimination of child labour by 2025, on this World Day Against Child Labour, let’s join forces to end child labour in areas affected by conflict and disaster!

Key resources

  1. Child Labour in Emergencies: Introducing the New Interagency Toolkit

    The Toolkit, produced by the Child Labour Task Force, co-chaired by Plan International and the ILO.

  2. Child labour and armed conflict

    Tens of thousands of girls and boys find themselves fighting adult wars in different regions around the world. Some are used as fighters and take direct part in hostilities while others are used in supportive roles (e.g. cooks, porters, messengers, or spies) or for sexual purposes.

Children stories

  1. Samer's story

  2. Fadi's story

  3. Mustafa's story

  4. Manal's story

  5. Rami's story