» 04/12/2008, 00.00
Afghani children work like slaves to repay family debts
Thousands of children are exploited in 38 brick factories in the eastern part of the country. Both their health and their adolescence are at risk. But it is the only way for parents to repay their debts to the business owners.
14/06/2008 CENTRAL ASIA
Child-slaves: no school, only work "in order to buy bread"
Child labour is still widespread in Central Asia, despite international bans. Children are already marked by it at the age of seven, harvesting cotton or working in bazaars or as housekeepers. Out of poverty, but also because they are forced by the state.
16/04/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi court confirms validity of marriage for eight-year-old girl
Criticisms from UNICEF and the U.S. State Department. The Riyadh justice minister himself says that he wants to put an end to the arbitrary power of parents who arrange marriages for minor children, but does not mention any ban.
Child illiteracy and child labour are the continent's main social ills
One fifth of India's GNP is generated by exploited minors working in farming sector.
Yemeni girl forced to marry at the age of 8 has obtained a divorce
But the law that permits adults to marry minors will not be changed. A study has highlighted how marriage with young girls is an extremely widespread practice. The little Nojud now wants to return to school; she was in second grade.
Christian girl, kidnapped and converted by Muslims, returned to family
The alleged conversion has been found to be invalid, because the girl is just 10 years old. But her sister, who was also kidnapped, has been judged to have married by her own will, because she is "more than 16 years old", although her relatives say she is only 13, and that they will appeal to the supreme court.
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