A Syrian refugee child works with his father in the south of Sidon, southern Lebanon April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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On a sweltering summer day, Walid and Ahmad sit on Hamra street with their blackened shoe shining rags between their legs.Neither Walid nor Ahmad is in school. According to a new report published this week by UNICEF and Save the Children NGO, Walid and Ahmad's situation is tragically common. As the Syrian civil war drags on, more and more refugee children in Lebanon and across the region are being pushed into the workforce, often toiling under mentally and physically taxing conditions.According to the report, refugees as young as 6 have been put to work, and almost a third of Syrian refugee children in the labor force are under 14 .Some child laborers in the Bekaa Valley make just $4 per day. Syrian child labor is a lasting problem that threatens to affect the future of Syria, Rodgers explained.According to the report, 43 percent of Syrian children workers in Lebanon are beggars.
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