ILO: Millions of Child Laborers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Luanda, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Some 58 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are victims of child labor, affecting their development and society in general, said a representative of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on Wednesday.

Those who suffer the most from this phenomenon are the children, and families pay the highest price, said ILO leader Tomas Vera Cruz during a meeting in this capital on child labor in Portuguese-speaking countries, and in the framework of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The exploitation of minors does not just involve sub-Saharan Africa, but more than 215 children around the world, half of them in degrading conditions, Vera Cruz said.

It is important to implement plans of action in every country to prevent child labor, he said.

In the case of Angola, the government prioritizes the comprehensive development and well-being of children, with actions in education and health to reduce the mother/child mortality rate.

Ruth Mixinge, director of the National Child Institute (INAC), said that despite the progress made, the increased number of working children in Angola is worrying.

Many minors are sent to work by their parents, motivated by the high cost of living, compromising the future of those children, Mixinge said.

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