From war to sweatshop for Syria’s child refugees in Turkey (includes video)

ESPMI Network

5760 Shoes made in the factory. Photograph: Ahmed Deeb

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/world/video/2016/may/06/child-labour-turkey-syrian-refugee-video

Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southernTurkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different parts together with the machine, and his boss looks on approvingly.

“He can make 400 shoes a day,” says the factory manager. “He’s a real man.”

Only he’s not. Aged just 13, Hamza is in fact a child. And so are more than a third of the workers in this sweatshop.

This is no anomaly. According to Unicef, more than half of Turkey’s 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees are children…

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