Child Labor Research Paper- FINAL

Child Labor Research Paper- FINAL - Aminata is not your...

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Aminata is not your average 7 year old. Every morning she rises with the sun and begins her day of work. She is employed by a wealthy man who bought her from her mother to pay a debt she owed. He makes Aminata work harvesting cocoa beans. Spending twelve hours a day in the sweltering sun is not unusual for Aminata, it is quite normal. The work she does is dangerous and she knows it. It is not uncommon for her to see other workers who become ill from the heat or to get injured while running the machinery used for harvesting. Every time she sees someone being taken form the fields she wonders if she will ever see them again and most of the time she doesn’t. When her day is finally over she is exhausted. Unfortunately, when she returns home the wealthy man wants her to sweep the house and cook dinner for him. She doesn’t complain because she knows what happens when someone tells him that they are too tired. So, instead of going to her room and going to bed she makes the man dinner and cleans up. Tonight the man was even kind enough to give her the scraps that were left over. There are many nights that she goes to bed without dinner, so tonight she sleeps well not wanting to think about having to wake up the next day and doing it all over again. Unfortunately, this story is all too common among African children. The number of child laborers in Africa is about 80 million and seems to be increasing by about 1 million each year. At this rate by the year 2015 there could be as many as 100 million child laborers in Africa alone (Dejo Olowu, 2002:3). Child labor in Africa is out of control and if something isn’t done soon than the future of Africans will be in trouble. If nothing is done about this problem than these people will continue to live in poverty and continue to die at early ages due to stress and hardships on their bodies. Perhaps at this time we cannot abolish child labor, but there can be something done about the conditions these children work in. It seems though that children working has become very commonplace, especially in places such as Nigeria. Consequently,
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along with all these underage workers comes an increase in illiteracy, ignorance, and greedier generations than those previous (Dejo Olowu, 2002:5). So, they are helping out their families but will they have a future that will help them eventually get themselves out of poverty? Most of the time the answer to that question is no, it just begins a perpetual cycle of children going off to work to better their families and not getting much for their time. Child labor is often used because it is seen as more cost efficient because they can pay the children less than an adult. Children are often paid half of what an adult would be paid. Employers also would rather hire children because children are more manageable.
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