المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Child labour | Children risk their lives picking vegetables in military zones as landmine explosion in eastern Idlib injures three

Three children sustained various injuries after the explosion of an old landmine near Al-Nayrab town in the east of Idlib city, while they were picking caper (Flinders roses).

 

As unemployment spreading and living costs on the rise, children and residents of villages near the frontlines between rebels and regime forces resort to collecting caper which is sold for good prices.

 

Caper grows in plains and mountains, since this kind of plant is spread in Sahl Al-Ghab, Jabal Al-Zawiyah, the eastern countryside of Idlib, and areas near the Turkey border.

 

Collecting caper poses a threat to the workers, especially children, since they are exposed to possible bombardment, explosions of old ordnance, poisonous insect stings and snake bites. It is worth noting that most of the workers who work in collecting vegetables are children.

 

On July 3, SOHR activists documented the death of a civilian due to regime rocket attacks on the outskirts of Al-Qahera village in Sahl Al-Ghab in the north-western countryside of Hama. The civilian was collecting caper (Flinders roses) at the time of regime shelling on the village.

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