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Malawi's Children of Tobacco


World  (tags: world, humanrights, africa, children, Child Labor )

Rose
- 1920 days ago - asafeworldforwomen.org
Over the past decade, Malawi has become one of the five largest tobacco producers in the world, largely due to low export tariffs,



   

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Bridget Robertson (106)
Friday January 17, 2014, 4:22 pm
Thank you for this story Rose. This is utterly horrendous. Other than Native American rituals I know of no use for tobacco. Which makes this even more horrendous. These children have a basic right to live, play, enjoy sunshine, food and life. These days corporate greed has made human life worth nothing. There are no throw away children or people!!
 

penny C (83)
Friday January 17, 2014, 10:01 pm
Agree Bridget.Thanks Rose.
 

Vivien Green (153)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 5:18 am
Noted with sadness, thank you Rose.
I agee with you Bridget childhood should be a carefree time.
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Yvonne F (181)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 6:44 am
Great, although sad, article! One should think that the tobacco industry should be able to afford to pay, considering the enormous profit they make.
Thanks Rose
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 10:47 am
thank you for posting Rose.
 

linda b (186)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 2:01 pm
Children should be allowed to be children and enjoying all the things children enjoy doing and not doing hard labour for long hours. Heart wrenching, thanks for a great post Rose.
 

Tanya Selth (0)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 2:16 pm
" when the children cut and bundle the tobacco leaves they are put at risk of absorbing toxic quantities of nicotine through their skin. Many suffer from a disease called green tobacco sickness, or nicotine poisoning. Symptoms include severe headaches, abdominal cramps, muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting, high blood pressure and fluctuations in heart rate. Some are even given the task of applying pesticides with their bare hands chemicals when handled incorrectly can cause serious neurological problems."

Its very sad.

Other countires should ban products in which child labour has been used, so to force these other countries to stop this.
 

Brad H (21)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 3:28 pm
thanks
 

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Vicky P (476)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 5:44 pm
very sad
 

Angela J (61)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:39 pm
Thank you.
 

Robert O (12)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:38 am
Thanks Rose.
 

Judith C (159)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:53 pm
DO NOT USE CHILDREN FOR LABOR
 

Jessica K (103)
Thursday February 6, 2014, 2:19 pm
Very sad that it's come to this. Noted and thanks.
 
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