[QODLink]
In Pictures
In Pictures: Struggling to end child labour
With 168 million child workers worldwide the fight to end child labour is far from over.
Last updated: 23 Jun 2014 11:00
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

There are an estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide many of whom are engaged in dangerous trades or working in hazardous environments. 

And while trends seem to be on the decline, the struggle to end the practice is far from over.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2013 report most child labourers are found in the agricultural sector with lesser numbers in service industries like car repair shops or restaurants. Regionally the highest number of children involved in labour are located in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

More than half of child labourers are employed in hazardous environments that directly endanger their health and development.

While the number of boys involved in extreme forms of labour is higher than girls, global estimates are hard to obtain due to the hidden nature of certain types of work such as prostitution, pornography, slavery and serfdom. 


/Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Jeat, 13 years old, works at a street side motocycle repair shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Recent statistics show that 37 percent of children in the southeast Asian country are involved in child labour.



/A.M. Ahad/AP

A Bangladeshi child labourer carries empty bottles at a plastic bottle recycling centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh.



/B.K. Bangash/AP

A Pakistani scavenger girl collects recyclable items from garbage to earn a living for her family in Islamabad. Though exact numbers are difficult to obtain in Pakistan, currently 3.3 million children are involved in child labour.



/Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera

Approximately 21 percent of children in Mali are involved in labour and many of those in mining. The children often complain of back problems and difficulty breathing as a result of exposure to dust, and hard manual work.



/Alzar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images

'El Chino', adding to the 26 percent of child labourers in Bolivia, works repairing tyres in La Paz. Hundreds of Bolivian children work as farmers in the fields, perform dangerous tasks in mines or try to survive in cities.



/Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

A child gold miner poses while other children look for gold in a traditional mine in the village of Gam, where gold mining is the main business activity in the region. In 2010, the Central African Republic suffered from a staggering number of child labourers with 29 percent of children between 5 and 14 working. 



/Niranjan Shrestha/AP

A supervisor, left, instructs 13-year-old Ramesh Sardar of Nepal, centre, as he works on a construction site for a road in Kathmandu, Nepal. Thirty-four percent of Nepali children between 5 and 14 are engaged in child labour.



/Ali Ali/EP

Young Palestinians repair a car in the town of Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza. Child labour is widespread in the Gaza Strip because of the high rates of poverty and unemployment, according to reports.



/Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Two Yemeni boys work in car workshop in the capital Sanaa. Although laws in Yemen ban children from working in 72 different fields like agriculture and mechanic shops, enforcement is very ineffective. Many activists and experts have warned against the increase of child labour in Yemen, seeing the spike as a result of deteriorating economics. Many of the children never return to school.



/Khalil Hamra/AP

An Egyptian child loads a cart with cement bricks in a brick factory on the outskirts of Qalyobiya, 45km north of Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates that some 1.6 million minors work - almost 10 percent of the population aged 17 or under, often in arduous conditions. Other experts put the number at nearly twice that.



/Jalil Rezayee/EPA

An Afghan girl works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Due to the lack of schooling and education facilities in Afghanistan and the need to earn an income for often large families, parents send their children to the factory to work. Ten percent of Afghan children under the age of 14 are engaged in some type of work. 



/Farooq Khan/EPA

In Indian-administered Kashmir, a child breaks coal for furnaces. The billion dollar industry engages 100,000 labourers.




Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
images:
/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145554689732_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145554837452_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145554973204_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555119228_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555257988_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555381893_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555505452_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555630741_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555799703_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145555944756_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/201461114555688739_8.jpg;*;/mritems/images/2014/6/11/2014611145556234155_8.jpg
captions:

Jeat, 13 years old, works at a street side motocycle repair shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Recent statistics show that 37 percent of children in the southeast Asian country are involved in child labour.

;*;

A Bangladeshi child labourer carries empty bottles at a plastic bottle recycling centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

;*;

A Pakistani scavenger girl collects recyclable items from garbage to earn a living for her family in Islamabad. Though exact numbers are difficult to obtain in Pakistan, currently 3.3 million children are involved in child labour.

;*;

Approximately 21 percent of children in Mali are involved in labour and many of those in mining. The children often complain of back problems and difficulty breathing as a result of exposure to dust, and hard manual work.

;*;

(***)El Chino(***), adding to the 26 percent of child labourers in Bolivia, works repairing tyres in La Paz. Hundreds of Bolivian children work as farmers in the fields, perform dangerous tasks in mines or try to survive in cities.

;*;

A child gold miner poses while other children look for gold in a traditional mine in the village of Gam, where gold mining is the main business activity in the region. In 2010, the Central African Republic suffered from a staggering number of child labourers with 29 percent of children between 5 and 14 working. 

;*;

A supervisor, left, instructs 13-year-old Ramesh Sardar of Nepal, centre, as he works on a construction site for a road in Kathmandu, Nepal. Thirty-four percent of Nepali children between 5 and 14 are engaged in child labour.

;*;

Young Palestinians repair a car in the town of Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza. Child labour is widespread in the Gaza Strip because of the high rates of poverty and unemployment, according to reports.

;*;

Two Yemeni boys work in car workshop in the capital Sanaa. Although laws in Yemen ban children from working in 72 different fields like agriculture and mechanic shops, enforcement is very ineffective. Many activists and experts have warned against the increase of child labour in Yemen, seeing the spike as a result of deteriorating economics. Many of the children never return to school.

;*;

An Egyptian child loads a cart with cement bricks in a brick factory on the outskirts of Qalyobiya, 45km north of Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates that some 1.6 million minors work - almost 10 percent of the population aged 17 or under, often in arduous conditions. Other experts put the number at nearly twice that.

;*;

An Afghan girl works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Due to the lack of schooling and education facilities in Afghanistan and the need to earn an income for often large families, parents send their children to the factory to work. Ten percent of Afghan children under the age of 14 are engaged in some type of work. 

;*;

In Indian-administered Kashmir, a child breaks coal for furnaces. The billion dollar industry engages 100,000 labourers.

Daylife ID:
c8a0b2d84e82767c5b455e395a1c6ef1
Photographer:
;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;;*;
Image Source:
Omar Havana/Al Jazeera;*;A.M. Ahad/AP;*;B.K. Bangash/AP;*;Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera;*;Alzar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images;*;Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images;*;Niranjan Shrestha/AP;*;Ali Ali/EP;*;Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images;*;Khalil Hamra/AP;*;Jalil Rezayee/EPA;*;Farooq Khan/EPA
Gallery Source:
Daylife
Daylife Raw Data:
Global Child Labourhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labouren-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:53:42 GMTCambodiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/cambodia/1e30b73cfe190bcc292d0eb26ab567e6

Jeat, 13 years old, works at a street side motocycle repair shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Currently 37% of children in the southeast Asian country are involved in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/cambodia/1e30b73cfe190bcc292d0eb26ab567e6Omar Havana/Al JazeeraCambodia

Jeat, 13 years old, works at a street side motocycle repair shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Currently 37% of children in the southeast Asian country are involved in child labour.

Bangladeshhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/bangladesh/cdf6d7673fc018c828d55277c1d912b4

A Bangladeshi child laborer carries empty bottles at a plastic bottle recycling center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/bangladesh/cdf6d7673fc018c828d55277c1d912b4A.M. Ahad/APBangladesh

A Bangladeshi child laborer carries empty bottles at a plastic bottle recycling center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Pakistanhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/pakistan/7589d8715422279db0101b631a203047

A Pakistan scavenger girl collects recyclable items from garbage to earn a living for her family in Islamabad. Though exact numbers are difficult to obtain in Pakistan currently 3.3 million children are involved in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/pakistan/7589d8715422279db0101b631a203047B.K. Bangash/APPakistan

A Pakistan scavenger girl collects recyclable items from garbage to earn a living for her family in Islamabad. Though exact numbers are difficult to obtain in Pakistan currently 3.3 million children are involved in child labour.

Malihttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/mali/360a72ad50cb4875236047709d028f51

Approximately 21 percent of children in Mali are involved in labour and many of those in mining. The children often complain of back problems and difficulty breathing a result from exposure to dust and hard, manual work.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/mali/360a72ad50cb4875236047709d028f51Tanya Bindra/Al JazeeraMali

Approximately 21 percent of children in Mali are involved in labour and many of those in mining. The children often complain of back problems and difficulty breathing a result from exposure to dust and hard, manual work.

Boliviahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/bolivia/eea541010c2b24c3344032d6bb151204

'El Chino' one of the 26 percent of child labourers in Bolivia works repairing tires in La Paz. Hundreds of Bolivian children work as farmers in the fields, perform dangerous tasks in mines or trying to survive in cities.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/bolivia/eea541010c2b24c3344032d6bb151204Alzar Raldes/AFP/Getty ImagesBolivia

'El Chino' one of the 26 percent of child labourers in Bolivia works repairing tires in La Paz. Hundreds of Bolivian children work as farmers in the fields, perform dangerous tasks in mines or trying to survive in cities.

Central African Republichttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/central-african-republic/35c7faf42e6fe396711610673824e405

A child gold miner poses on May 5, 2014 while other children look for gold in a traditional mine in the village of Gam, where gold mining in the main business activity of the region.

29% of children between 5 and 14 in the Central African Republic are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/central-african-republic/35c7faf42e6fe396711610673824e405Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty ImagesCentral African Republic

A child gold miner poses on May 5, 2014 while other children look for gold in a traditional mine in the village of Gam, where gold mining in the main business activity of the region.

29% of children between 5 and 14 in the Central African Republic are engaged in child labour.

Nepalhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/nepal/58d47ad480e4bbb6d570d2d6d812995a

A supervisor, left, instructs 13-year-old Ramesh Sardar,of Nepal, center, as he works on a construction site for a road in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The International Labor Organization (ILO) observes June 12 as the World Day Against Child Labor. An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide, most of them underage, are working as domestic workers in people s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO.

34% of children between 5 and 14 in Nepal are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/nepal/58d47ad480e4bbb6d570d2d6d812995aNiranjan Shrestha/APNepal

A supervisor, left, instructs 13-year-old Ramesh Sardar,of Nepal, center, as he works on a construction site for a road in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The International Labor Organization (ILO) observes June 12 as the World Day Against Child Labor. An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide, most of them underage, are working as domestic workers in people s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO.

34% of children between 5 and 14 in Nepal are engaged in child labour.

Palestinehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/palestine/fde2b39b907f9b730a8c6d74025a27aa

Young Palestinians repair a car in the town of Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza. Child labor is widespread in the Gaza Strip because of the high rates of poverty and unemployment, according to reports.

6% of children between 5 and 14 in Palestine are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/palestine/fde2b39b907f9b730a8c6d74025a27aaAli Ali/EPPalestine

Young Palestinians repair a car in the town of Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza. Child labor is widespread in the Gaza Strip because of the high rates of poverty and unemployment, according to reports.

6% of children between 5 and 14 in Palestine are engaged in child labour.

Yemenhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/yemen/c742b71a087c9620ad3e6bc57b36ac88

Two Yemeni boys work in car workshops in the capital Sanaa, on December 1, 2012. Although laws in Yemen ban children from working in 72 different fields like agriculture and mechanics shops, the enforcement is very ineffective. Many activists and experts have warned against the increase of child labor in Yemen, foreseeing the spike as a result of deteriorating economics. It has dire consequences for an educated future populous as many of the children never return to school.

23% of children between 5 and 14 in Yemen are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/yemen/c742b71a087c9620ad3e6bc57b36ac88Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty ImagesYemen

Two Yemeni boys work in car workshops in the capital Sanaa, on December 1, 2012. Although laws in Yemen ban children from working in 72 different fields like agriculture and mechanics shops, the enforcement is very ineffective. Many activists and experts have warned against the increase of child labor in Yemen, foreseeing the spike as a result of deteriorating economics. It has dire consequences for an educated future populous as many of the children never return to school.

23% of children between 5 and 14 in Yemen are engaged in child labour.

Egypthttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/egypt/4d23678721edeab7d70ff743a6955286

In this Oct. 17, 2012 photo, an Egyptian child loads a cart with cement bricks in a brick factory at the outskirts of Qalyobiya, 45 kilometers ( 27 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates that some 1.6 million minors work - almost 10 percent of population aged 17 or under, often in arduous conditions. Other experts put the number at nearly twice that. Some child labor activists worry that protections for children could be loosened further under the new constitution still being written. Earlier this month, the Egyptian Coalition for Children's Rights warned that early drafts of the document did not include as firm prohibitions on child labor as past constitutions.

7% of children between 5 and 14 in Egypt are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/egypt/4d23678721edeab7d70ff743a6955286Khalil Hamra/APEgypt

In this Oct. 17, 2012 photo, an Egyptian child loads a cart with cement bricks in a brick factory at the outskirts of Qalyobiya, 45 kilometers ( 27 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates that some 1.6 million minors work - almost 10 percent of population aged 17 or under, often in arduous conditions. Other experts put the number at nearly twice that. Some child labor activists worry that protections for children could be loosened further under the new constitution still being written. Earlier this month, the Egyptian Coalition for Children's Rights warned that early drafts of the document did not include as firm prohibitions on child labor as past constitutions.

7% of children between 5 and 14 in Egypt are engaged in child labour.

Afghanistanhttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/afghanistan/69ab7496a4a32081b06cc2910028a623

An Afghan girl works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, 22 October 2012. Due to the lack of schooling and education facilities in Afghanistan and the need to earn an income for often large families, parents send their children to the factory to work.

10% of children between 5 and 14 in Afghanistan are engaged in child labour.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/afghanistan/69ab7496a4a32081b06cc2910028a623Jalil Rezayee/EPAAfghanistan

An Afghan girl works at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, 22 October 2012. Due to the lack of schooling and education facilities in Afghanistan and the need to earn an income for often large families, parents send their children to the factory to work.

10% of children between 5 and 14 in Afghanistan are engaged in child labour.

Indiahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/india/3e04953c691177e41ccbbe30b9b759e3

In Indian-administered Kashmir a child breaks coal for a furnace in the village. The billion dollar industry engages 100,000 of laborers, mostly outsiders.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Global_Child_Labour/slideshow/india/3e04953c691177e41ccbbe30b9b759e3Farooq Khan/EPAIndia

In Indian-administered Kashmir a child breaks coal for a furnace in the village. The billion dollar industry engages 100,000 of laborers, mostly outsiders.



Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.