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Child Labor High in Sinoe County

Child labor is reported to be on the increase in the southeastern county of Sinoe according to officials.

Our correspondent in the region quotes the Gender and Development Ministry office in Greenville as alarming that children below 10 years were being used throughout Sinoe County for hard labor-related jobs.

Correspondent Doe, quoting the Gender and Development Coordinator of Sinoe, Julie Jayley  as saying children were being used by their parents and ordinary people as “bread winner” to the extent that many of them have dropped from school.

Jayley said these children continue to forcibly sell fufu, cassava, rice and many other farm products during school hours, putting the rate at 75%.

She named areas in which child labor is high as Kabada, Banna, Murrayville, Plank Site, as well as Pumkpo, Greenville among others in the county.

An exercise to discourage street selling by under-aged children became one of the foremost priorities of the Superintendent of Montserrado County, Grace Kpan upon assuming office, but officials of the Ministry of Information opposed seem attributing their position to discourage the exercise to the decision of the President of Liberia.

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