Child Labor in South Kordofan

By Abdullah Abu al Bashar

12 March, 2011 (Sudan Vision Daily)

South Kordofan is not different from other states in terms of child labor as children are forced to work in various jobs in order to survive. However, most work they are involved in is not appropriate for their age or physique.

The war contributes to complicate situation in South Kordofan as a great number migrated their homeland in search of security. Migration of people has resulted in different eccentric phenomena headed by homelessness and child labor.

Studies indicate that considerable number of child labor is normal outcome of migration as children who depart their families always find themselves forced to work as they struggle to survive. Drop out school children also represent crucial segment among children who are forced to jobs not only inappropriate to their physique and age but also psychologically.

Studies also child labor in Sudan is different from other countries as many families encourage children to go to work so as to invoke in them a sense of responsibility while addiung an additional source of income. 

It is remarkable that there isn't systematic market for child labor in Sudan compared with different countries of the world as labor code of 1997 forbids child labor the thing makes their work restricted to marginal jobs such as blacksmiths, carpentry and street vendors.

Strategic report of 1997 points out that 34 percent of Sudanese children whose ages are between 6-14 years old don't go to school and child labor within this group is 10 percent however migration from rural areas to urban centers contributes to increase the rate to reach 65 percent.

Social worker Jamal Mohammad Burma outlined efforts exerted by government and NGOs to eradicate child labor, saying that counting children who work in marginal jobs is difficult as such jobs aren’t subject to particular codes or measures, adding that social workers in the state managed to reintegrate 50 percent of children working in menial jobs with their families.


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