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148,000 Moroccan children victims of child labour – Commission

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A report by the Moroccan Higher Commission for Planning (HCP), has revealed that out of the country’s 7,493,000 child population aged between seven and 17, around 148,000 were engaged in some form of child labour and of economic activity.

The report which was released on Monday notes that the share of Moroccan children victims of child labor is higher within the rural areas where the demographics show that as much as 119,000 children in were working in the informal economy, making up 3.8% of the country’s rural population.

Going by the HCP’s data, the rate is relatively low in urban areas, where 29,000 children take part in economic activities, making up 0.7% of the rural population.

The report which was issued on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labor, explains that 80.4% of children victims of child labor are rural males, and 87.5% of them are aged 15 to 17.

In terms of education, the HCP data indicate that 12.1% of children engaged in economic activities in Morocco are attending school while 85.7% have dropped out of school and 2.2% have never been enrolled in schools.

“Meanwhile, close to 65% of the children engaged in economic activities benefit from medical coverage, with the percentage getting slightly higher among the 7-17 age group reaching 75%,” it added.

Further breaking down child labor by sector, the report details that “82.2% of working children are active in agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

Morocco’s industrial sector employs 24.7% of working children in the country, and three-quarters of working children in rural areas support their families financially, according to the report.

It added that six out of 10 working children, making up 59.4% or 88,000 children, perform hazardous work which represents 1.2% of children in this age group, adding that among the children engaged in hazardous forms of work, 73.7% are rural, 88.6% male, and 81.9% aged between 15 and 17 years.

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Nigeria: Zamfara state government wants gun licenses for residents over insecurity

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The Commissioner for information in one of Nigeria’s Northern states, Zamfara state says residents in the state can start approaching the police command in the state for gun licences.

The troubled state wants individuals to carry guns to defend themselves against armed gangs of kidnappers causing havoc in the country’s northwest.

The commissioner, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara in statement said the state governor had directed the state police commissioner to issue 500 gun licences in each of the 19 emirates in the state to those wishing to defend themselves.

“Government is ready to facilitate people, especially our farmers to secure basic weapons for defending themselves,” Dosara said.

The state also banned the use of motorcyles and selling of petrol in three districts and one emirate, in areas which are the most affected by banditry, Dosara said. The state is divided into emirates and the emirates into districts.

“Anybody found riding motorbike within the areas is considered as bandits and security agencies are thereby directed to shoot such persons at sight,” said Dosara.

Gunmen, locally called bandits, have been attacking and killing thousands of people in the country’s North-west since 2017. These assailants have attacked rural dwellers, destroyed their farmlands and in many cases only allow them to the farm after they have paid protection fees. They have also targeted travellers across the region in what some analysts say is one of the most lucrative kidnap-for-ransom syndicates in the continent.

Owning a gun in Zamfara needs permission from the state governor and state police commissioner.

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Ex-Liberian rebel warlord charged in US over attempt to obtain citizenship fraudulently

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A former commanding general of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), a notorious rebel group during the West African country’s civil war, Moses Wright, who had sought asylum in the US has been charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain US citizenship, among other crimes.

According to the United States Justice Department, the 69-year-old Wright lied about his involvement in the persecuting and killing of non-combatants during the war when he applied for US citizenship.

If convicted, Wright faces a maximum possible sentence of 165 years in prison and a $7m (£5.7m) fine, according to the JD.

“The United States will not be a safe haven for human rights violators and war criminals,” the United States Attorney, Jacqueline C. Romero, said on the indictment of Wright.

The indictment of Wright comes after two other former combatants in Liberia’s civil war, Mohammed Jabbateh and Thomas Woewiyu, were convicted in the US for similar offences while a third rebel leader, Sekou Kamara, was arrested earlier this year in New York.

The AFL was responsible for death of an estimated 250,000 Liberians which amounted to around 8% of the population at the time, in the war which started from 1989 to 1997 and in 1999 to 2003, according to a report by the Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in late 2021, which described the AFL as a “significant violator group found to be behind some of the civil war’s largest scale massacres.”

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