Conflict, Insecurity, Covid-19 Hit Mali's Children Hard - UN

The United Nations says that more children have been trafficked, forced to work in gold mines and to fight as soldiers in Mali this year as conflict worsened and Covid-19 shut schools. A network of humanitarian agencies led by the UN Refugee Agency documented 230 cases of child recruitment by armed groups in the first half of 2020, compared to 215 cases in all of 2019. The agencies also found about 6,000 children, mostly boys, working in eight gold mining sites, after 24 children bound for the mines were rescued in June.

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Women walk on the street in Timbuktu, Mali (file image).

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