human trafficking

human trafficking

Environmental Degradation and Human Trafficking

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The majority of the world's poor rely on their natural environments for energy, food and water. Where resources are degraded, women and their families have less access to these vital resources and poverty rises. When poverty rises, resources are collected less sustainably, increasing degradation. The issues of environmental degradation and poverty are not separate; they are intimately connected. This is especially severe for post-conflict communities in Africa that face the dual burden of heavily degraded environments and extreme poverty. The insecurity of rural livelihoods in post-conflict communities also leads to families seeking desperate strategies to support their families. Often this involves selling a child into marriage or labor as a means of providing temporary support for the other children. In most cases, that child is a girl. New Course is working in Northern Uganda to enable women and girls to better manage their resources and lift themselves out of poverty. When women and their families have access to fuel, food and water, fewer girls are sold, more time is available for educating those girls, and communities become more secure. Addressing environmental degradation and poverty as connected issues requiring integrated solutions is necessary to ending severe poverty and eradicating this humanitarian crisis. For more on our work see: www.anewcourse.org