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$2m grant to eliminate child labour

01 Oct 2013

WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has announced a $2 million grant to eliminate child labour from Afghanistan’s carpet industry.

Afghanistan is one of four the countries selected for the $26 million US grants announced for the elimination of child labour globally.

The other three countries are Colombia, Dominican Republic and Rwanda, Department of Labour said.

In a 826-page report, the department said that Afghanistan was among 46 countries that had made “minimal advancement” toward elimination of child labour.

Children in Afghanistan continued to engage in other worse forms of child labour, including forced labour in the production of bricks and dangerous work in agriculture, the report added.

“They work long hours with their families, use dangerous tools and equipment, carry heavy loads, are exposed to dangerous chemicals and inhale harmful wool dust,” the report said.

According to the document, Afghan children are used in illicit activities related to narcotics, including drug smuggling, across borders.

Non-state armed groups such as the Haqqani Network, Hezb-i-Islami, Tora Bora Military Front, Jamat Sunat al-Dawa Salafia and the Taliban recruit child soldiers.

It also said the Taliban and the Haqqani Network used children as suicide bombers. The number of child soldiers in Afghan security forces had declined, it concluded.