In their own words...

    At the foot of the Samala volcano near Brillantes, Retalhuleu, poor families earn their livelihood chipping volcanic rocks. Juan Carlos, now 17, has been…

    IPEC partner organization MVF (Mamidipudi-Venkatarangaiya Fdn.) in Andhra Pradesh works to remove children from child labour and get them into school…

    Wanto, 16-year-old, comes from a mining family. His grandparents and his parents were miners, both in the mechanized units and as ngerébo’s…

    D. Jargal, now a 7th-grader, started work in Mongolia’s gold mines in 1997 in order to help his family. “Personally I do not like to work”, he says…

    Sudha began work as a stone crusher at a quarry when she was 12 years old hoping to raise some extra money for her family…

    Samjhana Rajbansi, a 14-year-old student, has been crushing stone for the last five years…

    In a dim and dangerous tunnel lit only by the flicker of candles, Juan Laguna and four other children toil with rusty pick-axes to loosen chunks of rock…

    Braulio, 14-year-old boy, like many other children in La Rinconada, had worked in the mine since he was very young, carrying heavy loads of ore and as a quimbalatero,…

    Famara, 16-year-old boy, “I was born here. My parents and grandparents work daily in the mines searching for gold. And me, I started when I was 7 years old…”

    Awa, 9-year-old girl, said “Look at my hands, my palms are cracked. My skin is so dry and my eyes sting all of the time. That’s because of the salt…

    12-year-old boy: “I am 12 years old and I live in Darou (Bargny). I started crushing stones when I was 7. At first I worked with my mother, but now I go by myself…”

    David ran away from home at the age of 7. “My parents had separated. My mother was selling vegetables to earn her living. There were times when there was nothing to eat at home,…”

    Moise, 16-year-old boy, “I was born in 1989 in Singida Region at Kiomboi District town. When my mother and I left Singida to Arusha I was in class 3…