Malawi: Child tobacco workers exposed to harmful levels of nicotine

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27 August 2009

Govt, Tama upset with with child labour report [Malawi]

Author: Thom Khanje, Daily Times [Malawi]

Govt and the tobacco industry in the country have expressed dismay on a report issued by Plan Malawi which alleges that over 78,000 children were working in the country’s tobacco estates.... Minister of Labor Yunus Mussa said ...it was not true... Mussa addressed the press conference alongside... representatives from Plan Malawi, Limbe Leaf Tobacco and the [ILO]. “...There are no longer children working in tobacco estates,” Mussa challenged...

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Author: RTL [Belgique]

Des milliers d'enfants travaillant dans les plantations de tabac au Malawi souffrent d'un empoisonnement à la nicotine équivalent à la consommation de 50 cigarettes par jour, a dénoncé lundi une organisation de défense des droits des enfants. "Les enfants ouvriers, pour certains âgés de cinq ans, présentent de graves symptômes dus à l'absorption par la peau de jusqu'à 54 milligrammes de nicotine dissous par jour, soit l'équivalent d'en moyenne 50 cigarettes", dit le rapport de l'ONG Plan intitulé "Travail difficile, salaire ridicule, longues heures de labeur".

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24 August 2009

Malawi child tobacco workers exposed to nicotine

Author: Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press

Children picking tobacco in the fields of Malawi for consumers far beyond the African country's borders are being poisoned as they absorb up to two cigarette packs' worth of nicotine each day...London-based Plan International said in a report...The world's giant tobacco companies said they reject use of child labor, but the reality is that Malawians are so poor that many families send their children to work in the fields...The report also said supervisors on the tobacco farms sometimes hit and otherwise abuse the children...Malawian Labor Minister Yunus Mussa [said] the government is reviewing the country's work laws...[article includes comments by Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco]

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24 August 2009

[PDF] full report: "Hard work, long hours and little pay" [Malawi]

Author: Plan International

Plan Malawi decided to undertake this study to find out how children experience work on the tobacco farms and their understanding of why they are involved in this work…The findings are presented under the following emergent themes: Hard work, long hours and little pay, Why we are working, Abuse from supervisors, Impact of work on children, Discrimination within the community, Withdrawal from labour, Ideas for interventions/solutions

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