Yassan, a 14 year-old boy displaced to a city in the north of Jordan, works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, earning less than $1 per hour. As a result of torture during the Syrian conflict, his father is paralysed from the waist down. Yassan’s mother works as a maid to help contribute to the family unit but has a life-threatening blood condition and can only work a few hours daily.2 With a lack of resources and no access to educational opportunities, Yassan suffers this exploitation to help his family survive.
Yassan’s story is not unusual. As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, more than 20 million children living in conflict and disaster zones around the globe still have no access to education,3 making them extremely vulnerable to exploitation and child slavery.
Education is a critical element of any effort to eliminate child slavery because it offers children the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to create futures full of opportunity – not vulnerability.
We know that education helps protect children from exploitative labour, girls from forced marriage, and can prevent the recruitment of child soldiers. And together with our partner, A World At School, we’ve made great progress at showing the world that every child deserves an education.
Children are among the most vulnerable in times of crisis and emergency. Will you take a moment to help bring light to this terrible tragedy?
Alex, Joanna and the whole Walk Free team.
Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world’s greatest evils: Modern slavery.
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