A short film highlighting the dangers of Child labor and trafficking in Uganda will be launched in August.
Written by Micheal Wawuya, a local scriptwriter and acted by local actors, the film titled istone coldi addresses issues related to child trafficking and child labour in Uganda.
The film centers on a peasant father and his three children, and a rich investor.
The peasant is given money by the investor to break stones in the quarry, but the peasant uses the money for other purposes and instead orders his children to go and break the stones. Unfortunately the quarry collapses killing two of the children.
Wawuya uses an entertainment-education approach to raise awareness about child labour issues, demonstrating that haste decisions could lead to child exploitation.
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The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), consultant James Lambert, says about 2.7 million children in Uganda are laborers.
Lambert says child laborers in Uganda constitute 34.2 percent of children between the age of 5 and 17 years, while 54 percent are aged between 10 and 14 years.
Wawuya says his film is inspired the increasing number of children whose child rights have been violated by their selfish and self-centered parents.
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Wawuyo's drama group-the team line is particularly famous for bringing situational drama to the theaters.