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This article tells us about the extremely under-aged child workers in sub-Saharan Africa, some workers are as young as 5 or 6 years old. Conditions are extremely dangerous in the quarry, where it is filled with black dust and heavy rocks. In other parts of the world, the number of children forced to work is declining, but in sub-Saharan Africa, over a quarter of children below age 14 works. This area has the largest proportion of working children in the world.

Some children are required to work to survive, while others have to support their families. HIV/AIDS has also boosted the number of child laborers by up to 30 percent. According to the International Organization for Labor, the number of working children decreased, but sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America were the only areas in which this number did not fall.

Included is a summary of a day in the life of child workers in Zambia. Usually, these children wake up at 6:30 to work in the quarry and rarely have anything to eat for breakfast. After two hours of working, they go school for four hours, where they are unable to concentrate. Other children make fun of them for a variety of reasons: they’re orphans, poorly educated, and badly fed. Many of these children don’t even earn enough money to eat, much less support their families.
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