Two million children  forced into child labour in Uganda

By Fred Muzaale

An estimated two million Ugandan children have been forced into child labour mainly as a result of disasters and conflicts.

The government is now calling for stronger integration of child labour in humanitarian responses.

The minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development Janat Mukwaya has noted that 70 per cent of the children involved in child labour are in agriculture.
This was contained in a press statement read for her by David Atwooki Mugisa, the Occupational Safety and Health officer at the ministry during an event to commemorate the World Day against child labour
in Kampala yesterday.

Uganda will commemorate the day on Thursday at Buganda Road Primary school.

The day will run under the theme “In conflicts and disasters, Protect children from child labour”
The minister said that conflicts have a devastating impact on children’s lives with some getting maimed, injured or even killed.