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Myanmar has a young population. A quarter of the 56 million inhabitants is under 25 years of age. Most of them grow up in rural areas. In (extreme) poverty.
The country has many different ethnic groups. Ethnic minorities such as Rohingya are discriminated against and disadvantaged in Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled violence and live in extreme poverty in camps at home and abroad. Children are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation, child labour, child trafficking and unsafe migration.
Education is not yet a matter of course for many children. Many children are being exploited. They have to work at a young age to help the family. In the flourishing tea trade or as child soldiers. More and more children are becoming victims of sexual exploitation due to the growing tourism.
We fight against child exploitation in Myanmar. We offer children a safe place, education, medical help and legal support. We take action with governments and educate communities about children's rights.
We offer emergency aid to Rohingya children and their families fleeing violence in Myanmar. Fight with us. Stop the exploitation of children in Myanmar.
Children who work in tea shops or as child soldiers, in Myanmar many people find it quite normal. Out of poverty, they have to work at a young age to help the family.
Children don't finish school, or don't even go to school at all. Parents often fail to see that education is the way out of poverty.
We are changing that. For example in the cities of Taunggyi and Pyay where a lot of tea is grown and where there are plenty of tea shops. We provide information and training to parents and local officials about the dangers of child labor.
We ensure that children go to school to find better work later and educate parents and communities. We help families find more or different income to prevent children from being exploited. We urge the local government to better observe children's rights. Together we end child labor in Myanmar. Join the fight.
Myanmar's economy and tourism have been growing extremely fast for a number of years. As a result, children are increasingly sexually exploited in the country. Online and offline. Children must have sex in exchange for money, clothes or something else.
The protection of children against child sex tourism is still in its infancy. That is why we help the government and the tourism sector with new laws and regulations and an effective approach to recognize and deal with victims and perpetrators.
We fight against the sexual exploitation of children. Because every child has the right to grow up safely and no child should be forced into sex.
Due to poverty or discrimination, many people from Myanmar are leaving for Thailand and China. They hope to have a better life. Migrant children are especially vulnerable to human trafficking.
For example, children are sold as brides in China. Or they are abused as prostitutes in the Chinese or Thai sex industry. Children in Thailand are also put to work as beggars by criminal gangs.
In Myanmar, we take a lot of action to bring their situation to the attention of the police, lawyers and judges. So that they can better protect children
We also provide information about unsafe migration and we fight to stop child trafficking. For example, together with theater groups that create awareness among children and families. We are also taking action with (local) governments for better measures and control against child trafficking and unsafe migration. Join the fight. Stop child trafficking and unsafe migration in Myanmar.
Together with experienced partners we are working towards a world without child exploitation, where young people can feel safe today and better about tomorrow. Join our fight.