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Child Labour: One of the alternative to fossil fuel is contributing to stealing childhood dreams and education to hundreds of thousands children in Africa

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, thought her dream was stolen. “This is all wrong,” Thunberg said in one of her passionate speech. “I shouldn’t be here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” said part of the Thunberg’s speech.

Who will ever give these children such a podium to express their anger?  

There are millions of children in Africa who don’t have a choice in life, they chose what seems dangerous to their lives to survive.

The 2016 Global Estimates of Child Labour indicate that one -fifth of all African children are involved in child labour, a proportion more than twice as high as any other region. Nine percent of African children are in hazardous working condition of all the regions in the world.

This means Africa has the highest number of child labourers, 72.1 million African children are estimated to be in Child labour and 31.5 million in hazardous working conditions.

This number seemed to be rising as in 2012 to 2016 period, Child Labour went up in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This month, a lawsuit filed in US accusing some of the largest technology companies in the world of complicity in the deaths and maiming possibly thousands of children in Africa. The children work in cobalt mines, mining the minerals used in the production of lithium batteries to power devices for Apple, Google parent company Alphabet, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District court in Washington DC by the non -profit organization international Rights Advocates.

The lawsuit states that the children were either killed in tunnel or wall collapses while mining cobalt in the DRC or were maimed in such accidents. According to the lawsuit:

“The DRC has the world’s largest deposits of cobalt an essential element of rechargeable lithium-ion battery in products made by all tech and electric car companies. The tech boom has caused an explosion in demand for cobalt, but in one of the most extreme contrasts imaginable, cobalt is mined in the DRC under dangerous stone age conditions by children paid a dollar or two per day to supply cobalt for the expensive gadgets made by some of the richest companies in the world. The lawsuit names Apple, Alphabet, Dell Microsoft and Tesla as defendants. “

Democratic Republic of Congo produces 60 percent of all cobalt production in the world.

Among what Greta Thunberg is fighting for to replace fossil fuels, is stealing millions of children their childhood dreams and education. 

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