The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, has disclosed that no fewer than 72 million children in Africa are forced into child labour.
The health organisation made the disclosure via its official twitter account @WHOAFRO.
According to the UN’s health agency the COVID-19 crisis had further put many more children at risk of child labour.
It’s tweet read:
“Child labour is detrimental to the health and development of children.”
“We must protect children from child labour, now more than ever.’’
Meanwhile, the UN in a statement said huge gains made toward ending child labour over the last 20 years, risk being reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN made the observation in a statement issued to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour, marked annually on June 12.
Existing global estimates indicate that 152 million children are being put to work.