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Child Labor Rises Sharply in Syria, Upended by War and Mayhem

Before Syria was plunged into war more than four years ago, nearly all children went to school. Now, according to a new report on child labor, many of them — some as young as 6 — are working to supplement family incomes.

Save the Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund, which collaborated on the report released Wednesday, said that children were working in more than 75 percent of households surveyed inside Syria. Among the Syrian war refugees surveyed in neighboring countries, the report said, nearly half of the children were joint or sole breadwinners.

“The Syria crisis has dramatically reduced family livelihood opportunities and impoverished millions of households in the region, resulting in child labor reaching critical levels,” Roger Hearn, regional director for Save the Children’s operations in the Middle East and Eurasia, said in announcing the report.

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