A new post from our blogger Emily Laramy on the World Day Against Child Labour.
Today marks the World Day Against Child Labour.
The United Nations estimates that approximately 215 million children aged 5-17 years are engaged in child labour. Of these children, half will be exposed to the worst forms of child labour, working in hazardous conditions, sold into bonded labour or illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution. Children who are engaged in child labour are often denied their right to an education, lack proper nutrition and have little or no time for play or leisure.
Chris Minch is studying his MSc in Emerging Economies and international Development at KCL, where his interests include the role of innovation in sustainable development, and the sources of corruption. He has been involved with KickStart Ghana for 2 years and here he looks at the recent tragedy that has unfolded in Ghana.
Last Thursday, June 4th, Ghana experienced its worst disaster in nearly 15 years. As people sought shelter from severe flooding and torrential rain under the awning of a large petrol station, a fire broke out and the explosion that followed killed more than 150 people in the vicinity. Added to the 25 people who had died as a direct result of the flooding in the lead up to the explosion, the past week has been one of Ghana’s saddest and most tumultuous in living memory.