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USA: World Day Against Child Labor June 12th Film Festival to Premiere “Fisher of Kids” – IIECL

June 5, 2013

The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) is proud to announce the US premiere of the “Fisher of Kids” short film project on World Day Against Child Labor June 12, 2013 at the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC. Joining with the Child Labor Coalition, three other films on various forms of child labor will also be presented. “Fisher of Kids” portrays the remarkable, inspiring true story of James Kofi Annan, a former child slave in the fishing sector in Ghana who became one of the leading anti-child slavery activists of our time. At the age of six, he worked as a child fisherman in more than twenty villages along Lake Volta before he managed to escape seven years later. The fact that he could neither read nor write did not stop him from following his dream to dedicate his life to saving other children from a similar fate.

The US premiere of the short film will take place on June 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm at the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC. The Goethe Institute is located at 812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. The Institute is one half-block from the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro stop. The event is free to the public.

The film’s creator, Steven Keen, received an IIECL Emily grant to assist with the cost to complete the filming in Ghana and for further editing work on the film as well. IIECL is very proud of the results of the project and the quality of Mr. Keen’s work. Mr. Keen, along with a panel for three other film producers, will be available to answer questions following the film.

Everyone is invited to attend the premiere. Please RSVP by June 7th to the Child Labor Coalition if you plan to attend [click here].

Fisher of Kids – Official Preview (2013) from Steven Keen on Vimeo.


Bangladesh: Agreements signed by the textile giants is a very good start – L’Express


L’Express interview on May 16, 2013 with Martine Combemale, director of Human Resources Without Borders (IIECL’s sister agency in Europe).

The trade union confederations behind the agreement signed by the major Western clothing brands serves to strengthen security in the textile factories in Bangladesh. ”It is a welcome and positive step forward”, notes Martine Combemale, director of Human Resources Without Borders. Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing, behind China, due to low wages and abundant labor Click here to read more…


DRC: Kids Are Dying In Congolese Gold Mines, And No One Is Held Accountable – Worldcrunch


KAMITUGA – In this Congolese mining city, children are working illegally — and dying as a result.Over the past few months alone, at least ten youths were reported to have died, crushed by collapsing rocks or asphyxiated inside the mines of Kamituga, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Click here to read more…


Indonesia: Government pulling out child workers, sending them to school –

June 4, 2013

The Indonesian government is launching an intensive programme to withdraw child workers from their workplaces and send them to school in an effort to free the country from child labourers in 2020, Indonesia’s Antara reported.  According to Antara, the government carried out the child labourer withdrawal through its Child Labour Elimination Programme (PPA) in support of its Family Empowerment Scheme (PKH).

“The government is launching a programme to withdraw child workers from their workplaces and send them to schools so that they would not be trapped in any worst forms of child labour,” Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said. Click here to read more…


Emily Grantees Announced for Spring 2013


The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) and the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) are pleased to announce Emily grants to be awarded for the spring 2013 round of competition. A total of 14 grantees were selected from all regions of the world including projects in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, United States (Nebraska) and Zambia. Projects offer a wide array of strategies for ending child labor in targeted communities and address many forms of child labor. Follows is a brief description of the projects and the selected agencies or individuals selected. This brings the total of Emily grants awarded to over 90 since the inception of the grant program in 2004. Click here to read more…


Ghana: World Premiere of “Fisher of Kids” Huge Success – IIECL

May 8, 2013

Accra, Ghana – May 5, 2013  With every single seat occupied and many more guests standing and/or following the event from the balcony, the world premiere of Fisher of Kids - presented by the International Human Rights Group in association with the International Initiative to End Child Labor - has taken its course at Goethe-Institut Ghana – German Cultural Center in Accra. Click here to read more…


DRC: M23 rebels recruit 59 child soldiers – Congo U.N. mission | TVC NEWS


TVC NEWS [D.R. CONGO] – The United Nations mission in Congo has said that the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels have enlisted at least 59 child soldiers.
www.tvcnews.tv/?q=article/m23-rebels-recruit-59-child… Click here to read more…


Namibia: Min. of Safety & Security Concerned About Child Trafficking – allAfrica.com


Rundu — The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, has expressed concern about child trafficking, particularly involving children smuggled from Angola who are allegedly being brought to Namibia to work as cattle herders or domestic worker. Speaking during the official inauguration of the renovated and extended Rundu Police Station on Friday, Ngatjizeko said many of the children brought into the country from Angola are also being used to sell illegal drugs while others are forced into prostitution. See more… Click here to read more…