Syrian play fights “children labour”

Syrian play fights “children labour”image

19 Jun 2015

Play for Syrian refugees in Lebanon from the heart of reality, highlighting the exploitation of children in the labour market and deprive them of education.

Syrian children refugees take part in the play which attracted large number in Sahl Al-Bekaa in Lebanon, where the young actors highlighted the plight of children labour.

More than 60 children participated in the activity which was prepared by the International Labour Organization on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, which falls on June 12 of each year.

The theme of the day “together to combat the worst forms of children labour”.

Many of Lebanese organizations like Beyond Association worked over the year to address the problem of children labour but the war continue in neighbouring Syria turned the situation in the words, that what Maria Assi said, Executive Director of the Association of Beyond.

Hayat Osseiran, The National Chancellor to combat children labour ILO, said that awareness is an important element in the fight against children labour campaign.

She added “It is the most important programs on land is awareness. Community awareness. Awareness children themselves”

The Syrian actor, Mustafa Darwish, who participated in the activity said that the children who take part in the play which describe their experience where an advantage was took over children in the labour market and children were eventually kept away from reading and writing.

Abeer Hassan, (13 years) one of the children who took part in the play, she said “This play means a lot to us, we do not want children to work, we want this thing to be cancelled completely, we have dreams and wishes to achieve, we want to return to our country and it’s the best thing for thus we and you will be more comfortable, we love Syria and we hope to return to it”.

According to a study of the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children charity, published in February that 1510 children living and working on the streets of Lebanon nearly three-quarters of the Syrians.

The study showed that the average of the earnings of these children in today’s less than $ 12 and more than half of them between the ages of 10 years and 14 years.

Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

The study showed that most of the children entering the business market between the ages of 7 and 14 years and that 42 percent of them do not know reading and writing, and most of them work six days a week and about eight and half hours per day.