Attariq [Archives:2006/938/Press Review]

April 17 2006

11 Apr 2006
Main headlines

– A school headmaster in Hudeida forges Saudi identity cards

– Drugs smuggler killed in Mahra

– Interpol pursues an Indian citizen bearing Yemeni passport

– Dr Hamza demands carrying out the president's order for paying his dues

Writer Nadira Abdulqudous says she was shocked while listening to a girl child appealing for providing job opportunities for children who are under the legal age. The writer was attending a celebration on the Arab orphan day and protection of child rights held in Aden on April 8. The occasion was attended by the governor, senior officials from the ministry of social affairs and labor and some civil society organizations.

She says at the time the state and its three powers realize there are international laws that prohibited child labor and issued international agreements and conventions on child rights, calling for providing education opportunities, medication, means of entertainment, security and dignified living for children and preventing child labor, we find a clear contradiction of all that.

How could it be acceptable to establish a society meant for caring and protecting rights of working children? Some would say we have thousands of working children. This is a bitter truth bit does that mean we have to surrender to the situation? It is permissible to deepen this wound by trampling on the children innocence? The strange thing is that all have responded to the child's call with applause, even representatives of the society for fighting child labor.