25pc of mine workers are children: report
KABUL (Pajhwok): The research and human rights defence group on Wednesday said miners worked under tough conditions in the country’s mines, where children made 25 percent of them.
The group released its survey conducted in Herat, Parwan, Baghlan and Takhar provinces during six months.
Attaullah Atta, the group’s head, told journalists in Kabul they had conducted interviews with 600 mine workers in the four provinces.
Atta also produced a 40-minute documentary showing the situation of the mine workers.
Failure to comply with standard hygiene, lack of safety equipment, modern tools and suitable accommodation, lack of health insurance and protective clothing were the most important challenges the workers faced, he added.
Atta said some of the workers were children. “From 20 to 25 percent of the workers are children of ages between 8 to 18 years old. They do hard work against 3,000 to 5,000 afghanis per month.”
The report stated that some of the children either suffered from health issues or could not go to school.
The group urged the unity government and officials at relevant ministries to take appropriate action to ensure that the rights of labourers were protected.
The group also presented a set of 15 demands to the government and firms working in mines about workers’ safety and well-being.
Najib Amin, policy director at the Mines Ministry, said illegal extraction of mines took place in insecure localities, but they haven’t received any report confirming the huge number of children working in those mines.
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