According to the study, 10 percent of the country’s children start working when they are nine years old. By the age of 12, the number doubles to 20 percent and reaches 40 percent as they reach 13. CHF said that 80 percent of those children are involved in hazardous and arduous jobs, while over 60 percent use dangerous tools and over 30 percent said that they were injured or have fallen ill due to their jobs.
Twenty percent of Yemen’s working children were physically and emotionally abused, while 10 percent were sexually abused, the study found. And some parents try to have their children smuggled into neighboring Saudi Arabia, where they can earn 1500 Saudi Riyals (about 400 dollars) a month — a large amount compared to salaries in Yemen, according to the study. Yemeni rights group SEYAJ says hundreds of children in the provinces of Hajja and Al-Hudaydah, in northwest Yemen, were involved in drug trafficking into neighbouring countries. “There are more than 200 children used in drug trafficking into Saudi Arabia… in return for small amounts of money given to those children,” Ahmed al-Qurashi, head of SEYAJ, told AFP.