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Idlib’s children become breadwinners amidst rising poverty

Worsening living conditions and soaring poverty rates in Idlib force more and more children to drop out of school and start working to help their families meet their basic needs.
A Syrian child poses atop a stack of neutralized shells at a metal scrapyard on the outskirts of Maaret Misrin town in the northwestern Idlib province, on March 10, 2021.

ALEPPO — Children in opposition areas in northwest Syria are living in dire conditions. Not only are they denied their basic rights, but they are also deprived of any chance to realize their smallest dreams. This is especially the case for children living in displacement camps and who are deprived of education, playtime, medical treatment, and other basic rights and services.

Child labor has become common in Idlib, which is under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The issue is being exacerbated because of the exorbitant cost of living in the region, which is forcing children to leave school to join the labor market.

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