By Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA

Kumasi, Mar 15, GNA – Child labour continues
to thrive across all 10 regions of the country despite the intense public
awareness campaign and interventions by the government and non-governmental
organizations to provide protection for children.

Many of them, reportedly are daily exposed to
hazards, hunger, exhaustion, neglect, verbal and physical abuse by caregivers
and employers.

This is contained in a child protection
baseline report published by the Gender, Children and Social Protection
Ministry, a copy of which was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in

It cited Brong-Ahafo and the Eastern Regions,
where children wake up at dawn to start work and as a result arrive at school
exhausted and sometimes late.

There is also child migration for labour, with
children in the three Northern Regions identified as the most vulnerable to
migration during the dry season (July to September), when “families are unable
to adequately feed their children”.

The report said “children sent to live with
members of their extended families are often exploited by being forced into
economic activity”.

Many of them have been suffering in different
ways – excessive work, lack of food and clothing, being subjected to corporal
punishment and in some cases sexual abuse.

It recounted the painful and heartbreaking
experience of a girl, who was routinely sexually abused by the uncle in the
Western Region, quoting her as saying, “my uncle used to come to sleep with me
every evening, when his wife was not around”.

“I kept everything to myself till one day,
when I couldn’t take it anymore. He came to my room to have sex with me as
usual because he thought the wife was not at home.

This time, I gathered courage and started
screaming on top of my voice, with all my strength and my auntie came and saw
everything for herself. My uncle could not say anything, he was only standing
there ashamed.”

“The next day, my auntie brought me back to my
mother. We never spoke about that issue because it brings back painful


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Publish date : 15 March 2017 | 4:53 pm

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