Kirkuki children work even on International Children’s Day

June 1st marks Children’s Day worldwide yet Kirkuk children are still seen on the street vending without any knowledge about their international day.

Kirkuki children work even on International Children’s Day
Kirkuk June 1st, 2021: A boy selling candy cotton in Kirkuk Bazaar on International Children’s Day. Photo by Karwan Salihi.
My Name is Azooz Izzedine & I am 15. Every day I come at 8 am to Salaheddin Street (Khan Khurma, Dates Sarai) carrying stuff from a place to another by the carrier making 6,000 IQD ($4) a day.
My Name is Azooz Izzedine & I am 15. Every day I come at 8 am to Salaheddin Street (Khan Khurma, Dates Sarai) carrying stuff from a place to another by the carrier making 6,000 IQD ($4) a day.
My name is Hussein Subhi, 11. I attend class 3. We are IDPs from Daquq. By collecting garbage in Khabat bridge abouts, I make 5,000IQD ($3.5) a day.
My name is Hussein Subhi, 11. I attend class 3. We are IDPs from Daquq. By collecting garbage in Khabat bridge abouts, I make 5,000IQD ($3.5) a day.
I am Arhan Adel, 12, in class 5. During the holidays and free time, I give my father a hand selling grocery on Khabat Bridge. In return, he pays me IQD5,000 ($3.5) a day.
I am Arhan Adel, 12, in class 5. During the holidays and free time, I give my father a hand selling grocery on Khabat Bridge. In return, he pays me IQD5,000 ($3.5) a day.
Per Iraqi labor law, the minimum age of employment is 15-year-old, beside other restrictions. Violators face legal consequences.
Per Iraqi labor law, the minimum age of employment is 15-year-old, beside other restrictions. Violators face legal consequences.

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