Child Labor Rises During COVID Pandemic
World Vision Responds to the Plight of Millions of Child Laborers
BANGALORE, INDIA — According to a report by World Vision up to 8 million children have been pushed into child labor and begging due to the worldwide economic effects resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following assessments carried out in 24 countries, the charity says at least 110 million children have gone hungry due to the pandemic.
Millions of parents and caregivers in developing countries around the world have lost incomes and jobs due to COVID-19, forcing them to expose their children to harmful and dangerous circumstances such as begging or child labor. World Vision has conducted rapid assessments in 24 countries across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia confirming alarming predictions of increased child hunger, violence, and poverty due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
Cherian Thomas, World Vision’s Regional Leader for South Asia Pacific based in Bangalore in India explains how this crisis has impacted their region.
In our sample of the communities that we surveyed in Asia Pacific region, we cover a total of 9 countries, over 60% of people had loss of livelihood and loss of income because of their lost livelihood opportunities. And that is therefore quite serious. Children in one sense were being sent out to work and children were sometimes were being asked to beg. And sometimes older children when they see hunger at home and problems at the home they have gone to beg because they just saw how dire the family situation was and they thought they could contribute by going out and begging.
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