Iraq Kids

This Blog's purpose is to inform and dialog about conditions facing orphan, fatherless, homeless or abandoned street children in Iraq. Another concern addressed on Iraq Kids is the condition of schools in Iraq, primarily rural schools that have been largely ignored during re-building.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Children Working Streets In Mosul

Check out this report from the UN OCHA and Center for International Disaster Information and World Vision International at:

IRAQ: Four-year-olds working on the streets - 13-Aug-03

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN)
13 August 2003

IRAQ: Four-year-olds working on the streets, says World Vision

BAGHDAD, 13 August (IRIN) - Children as young as four go out into the
streets of Iraqi towns to beg and sell goods, before returning to their
parents' homes at night, according to findings by the international relief
and development organisation World Vision.

In northern Iraq, children work on the street for up to 12 hours a day, a
recent assessment said. Some have been victims of violence. Others are
school dropouts. Yet others have never have been to school at all. In many
cases, members of their families are sick or disabled and unable to work.
World Vision found that the daily earnings of such children ranged between
500 and 3,000 Iraqi dinars (16 US cents to $2).

According to findings, there were only 12 social workers for the whole of
the city of Mosul, which has a population of 1.3 million, and concluded
that they faced a mammoth task in protecting children and vulnerable

"A lot of children are forced to work as vendors, but also they need a new
perspective, after growing up in a world of distress and fear," World
Vision's Thomas von der Osten-Sacken told IRIN. "Children witnessed the
cruelty of Saddam Husayn's regime, their families were either displaced or
killed, and so many are still internally displaced. A lot of psychological
treatment and other programmes are needed to assist these children."

World Vision, conjointly with the United Nations Children's Fund, is
carrying out assessments in Mosul as part of a nationwide survey of the
situation of children in Iraq.


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