14 November 2012 - The Undersecretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Helen Achiro, has decried the rapid increase in the population of street children in the urban areas of South Sudan.

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At a waterlogged gold mine in western Kenya’s Migori District, 14-year-old Jacob*, one of 15,000 children toiling in the region’s pits, scours the water for glistering flakes, a job he says beats going to school on an empty stomach.

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Leading chocolate maker, Hershey Company, has announced a scheme aimed at addressing the illegal use of child labour in the cocoa industry in West Africa.

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As I sat in a sidewalk café, tranquilly sipping my coffee, an 8-year boy silently approached me and shyly put a flower on my table. I cajoled him about the price of the gift to start a conversation, but he was only interested in making his sale.

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A dozen traditional gold mining sites have appeared in recent years in the province of Ganzourgou. Gold panners from all over flock there to work the sites, most often living in the greatest promiscuity, without any infrastructure for sanitation and with no access to public basic services. The miners migrate according to the discovery of new veins of gold, usually moving there from the rural areas of Burkina Faso as well as from neighbouring countries (Togo, Benin, Ghana). Between one quarter and one third of them are under 18.

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Following a report that Victoria's Secret underwear is made by "undernourished children who are beaten with branches", the lingerie giant promises to "fully investigate".

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Between 20 000 and 40 000 children work in artisanal gold mines in Mali, Africa's third-largest producer of the precious metal, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday.

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Global food giant Nestle says it has taken a major step to end child labour on cocoa farms supplying its factories.

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Child labour has become a global problem, denying the victims the opportunity to prepare their bright future. This is by refuting them to access education. According to the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF), there are estimated 250 million children aged 5 to 14 in child labour worldwide. The list excludes child domestic labour.

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Displaced civilians in northern Central African Republic (CAR) are facing acute hardship, including a high incidence of child or teenage marriage and widespread use of children as labour, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

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