Eye on the world: Preserving childlike innocence

In “Nepal’s earthquake: push to rebuild without the hand of child laborThe Christian Science Monitor reports that exploiting child labor is a common liability after natural disasters in developing countries, such as the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Anti-child labor advocates are trying to reduce the child labor in Nepal’s brick-making industry by incentivizing companies to adopt legitimate business practices. This is “an opportunity to bring pioneering change to one of the world’s most exploitative industries, using the relief aid pouring into Nepal to force kiln operators to stop using child labor…. Whether the earthquake will add to the ranks of child laborers or lead to reformation of the brick-making industry is a question being watched around the world.” With an estimated 168 million children in the labor force worldwide, courageous social and corporate steps must continue to be taken to protect adolescents.

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