Where do the child laborers come from?

Child labor is sad everyday life

Children have the right to go to school, play and relax. You should have time to grow up and develop harmoniously. Almost every sixth child in the world unfortunately does not have these opportunities

Being a child is probably the greatest thing in the world. Under the protection of parents, life is all about having fun: games, hobbies, meeting friends. You are sure to have warm clothes in winter and can go on vacation with your family in summer. Delicious food is always on the table on time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, isn't it?

Unfortunately, many other children your age cannot tell of such a beautiful life. There is poverty in their countries. They suffer from it, although they cannot help it at all! Often people who, like us, live in good circumstances, do not even notice this suffering. Even though every sixth child in the world feels the same way. They farm for little money, sell souvenirs and flowers on the street or run errands. They don't do this voluntarily: If they didn't bring any more money home, the family would have run out of food and the children would have to beg or steal. Many would starve to death.

Children's charities want to help them and try to find a solution. Kindernothilfe is one of them. She has been helping children in need for 50 years, and now in 30 countries around the world.

For example, they build schools, offer medical care or negotiate with the government of the respective country and have already been able to help 780,000 children and their families. Their idea is to improve the children's working conditions. They should have the opportunity to go to school in addition to work and not have to work so long.

Yeni (13), lives and works in Indonesia

On their travels around the world, the Kindernothilfe members meet many thousands of poor children. They also came across a terrifying story with 13-year-old Yeni. She lives with her family on the island of Nias in Indonesia. Because her father is seriously ill, he can no longer work and earn money. That is why the little girl has been helping since she was eight years old. She had to leave school in the third grade. While other children go there in the morning, Yeni makes his way to the quarry on the nearby Sinoto River.

This is what your day looks like:

7:00 am: "Through the window opening I can see how the sky is slowly getting light. Time to get up. I'm always the first to get up because I have to prepare breakfast. Every day there is the same thing: plantains and coconut."

7:45 o clock: "My mother, my siblings and I are on our way to the quarry. We bring a wheelbarrow, hammers, hoes and a shovel with us. As every morning, we meet a few children who go to school. I envy them so much!"

8:00 am: "Now the daily drudgery begins. First I have to load stones from the river onto the wheelbarrow and transport them to a place above the river. Then I have to break the stones into pieces. I often accidentally knock my fingers or with full force Some fingernails are always blue, and my hands are bleeding, scratched and cracked.

We make stones of different sizes that are used for different purposes: for example as gravel or crushed stone for the construction of roads and houses. Every now and then trucks rumble into the quarry. They transport the stones that we piled up in piles. The drivers pay the quarry owner money for every load they take with them. I sometimes see the owner putting thick wads of money in his pocket. We only get a very small part of all that money. We can hardly survive from that. "

11:00 o'clock: "Finally a break! I grab my hammer and run home. Our house is only about 5 minutes' walk from the quarry. The others will come later after I've prepared lunch. At noon we have rice and vegetables every day."

12:00 o'clock: "Quickly back to the river. Puuuuh, especially now in the midday sun it is unbearably hot; there is no shade anywhere. All afternoon I crouch in front of my pile of stones and break one stone after the other. My arms, my back and mine Legs hurt. I also have to scratch myself all the time because the ants bit me. I can't wait for the time to be up for today. "

17:30: "Done! FINALLY CELEBRATION !!! We pack up our things and go back home. Now we're looking forward to dinner. I cook, my sister does the dishes. After that there isn't much time to play. There is no electric in our village Light, and when the sun goes down it's really pitch black inside and out. "

8:00 p.m .: "My mother doesn't even have to shoo us into bed, because we children are also dog-tired from work. My parents and the two girls sleep in a part of the hut that is separated by boards, my brothers in another part. We are huddled together Hard wooden slats. When it rains or storms, it is quite uncomfortable in our hut. The few boards that make up the house do not offer very good protection against storms. But now I urgently need to sleep. Tomorrow will be another hard day. "

Every sixth child is like Yeni

Around 2.3 million children who live in Yeni's home country Indonesia have to work. They collect rubbish, fish, break stones in the quarry or carry heavy loads. Unfortunately, many are like Yeni!

You are probably wondering how you can help. Get involved, for example, on World Children's Day! It will take place in 2012 at various locations in Germany under the motto "Children need time". With this, children's rights organizations want to draw attention to children's rights. You can also point out the topic at your school and collect donations with home-baked cakes, a flea market or a lottery.

You can find more information about World Children's Day, the events and the little girl Yeni here: