Gaza (Agenzia Fides) – Over the past five years, with the worsening of the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip, the phenomenon of child labor continues to increase. The news comes from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. This growth goes against the global trend. In 2013, the International Labor Organization stated that since 2000, the number of working children in the world had declined by one third. However, in Gaza, almost 40% of households live below the poverty line and 70% depend exclusively on humanitarian aid. To try to limit this phenomenon, UNICEF, along with family counselors and social operators who work in about 20 centers for families supported by the organization in the Gaza Strip, are committed to identifying and reaching the most vulnerable children. Family counselors provide educational and psychosocial support and help families get in touch with the Ministry of Social Affairs to ask for an economic contribution, seasonal employment opportunities or small business aid.
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