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Child labor rises in sub-Saharan Africa
Detail: New York Times writer Michael Wines reports from Zambia about children such as 9-year-old Alone Banda, who crushes stones to help his mother earn money to survive. In his story, "Africa Adds to Miserable Ranks of Child Labor," Wines reports on the growing numbers of children in sub-Saharan Africa obligated by poverty to work, earning meager wages and endangering their health.

"Child labor declines with prosperity, and so the region's economic plight -- 44 percent of sub-Saharan residents live on less than $1 a day, far and away the greatest share on earth -- is a big reason" for the growing ranks of child workers, Wines writes. Adult exploitation of children remains a major issue in the region, but poverty is a more prevalent reason for children going to work at earlier ages. Persistent hunger and health problems often plague child workers, leading to difficulties in school.

The story includes statistics from around the region, and an interactive feature related to the story is available on the New York Times website.
Source: www.nytimes.com; The New York Times, Section A; Column 2; Foreign Desk; Pg. 1
Date: August 24 2006