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Child labor assumes fatal proportions in Egypt

The latest drowning of eight working children in the Nile Delta is opening deep wounds in Egypt and renewing debate about child labor.
Egyptian boys polish aluminum plates in an industrial area of downtown Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2000.

CAIRO — Child labor is making its way to the center of debates in Egypt, in the wake of the death of several children on their way home in the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya from work a few days ago.

Eight children from Ezbet al-Taftish, a village in Menoufiya, drowned Jan. 10 as they returned from work at a poultry farm on the road to the northern coastal city of Alexandria.

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