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Back-breaking and life-threatening labour in the tunnels the only option, say teenagers in the State of Palestine

"The first time I arrived at the tunnel, I freaked out and cried," says 17-year-old Mohammed*. "I did not want to work underground. The tunnel looked like a tomb."

Mohammed was given a small pill to relax - Tramadol, used by many children working in the tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. Mohammed and his friend Ahmad*, 16, earn 120 shekels (US$30) a shift, three times as much as a job at a construction site, to support their families.

"My teacher says I should stop working in the tunnel, but what choice do I have?" asks Ahmad. "I cannot leave my family without bread on the table."

Check out how UNICEF is helping Mohammed,  Ahmad and others like them find better, safer options: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/oPt_67168.html

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0874/El Baba

*All names have been changed.

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