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Photos: Children of work at a glass-making workshop

Photos by Youness Khani, Mehr News Agency

These photos are from Iranian children working in a glass making workshop. The child laborers usually work in very unhealthy environments. They lack proper nutrition and they perform dangerous tasks. In addition, these children are the target of criminals or gangs engaged in distribution of narcotics, prostitution, and the likes.

Children's Rights
Source: United Nations

There is no way to thoroughly enumerate the various ways in which children around the world are economically exploited and physically mistreated. But the numbers are great -- and the suffering widespread. Behind the hideous imagery -- of children beaten or sexually abused by parents; ravaged beyond their years by hard living and drug abuse on the streets; maimed by landmines or turned into killers by war; stricken with AIDS -- are the all-too-common struggles against disease, hardship, and family or social traditions that compromise children's humanity or subject them to physical and emotional suffering.

While victims of injustice and poverty have always had trouble being heard, none have had more trouble, historically, than children. Whether exploited as child labourers or prostitutes, drafted as young teenagers into armed forces, forced as young girls into a lonely life as domestic workers, deprived of an education to work on the family farm, or denied adequate nutrition and health care, children need help and protection from an adult world that perpetrates most of the abuse. (read more)

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