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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Shocking pictures of kids working in Afghan brick kilns

The number of children working in Afghanistan continues to grow.

Nabila works 10 or more hours a day, doing the heavy, messy job of packing clay into molds and hauling a wheelbarrow full of bricks. At 12 years old, she has now been working in brick factories for half her life, and is perhaps the oldest of all her coworkers.

The Youngest Children Are Only 4 And 5 Years Old When They Start Working In The Oven.
The youngest children are only 4 and 5 years old when they start working in the oven.

already high, Growing number of children working in AfghanistanFinancial aid was cut just a year earlier, prompted by the collapse of the economy after the Taliban took over the country and the world.

The Conditions In The Oven Are Tough Even For Adults.
The conditions in the oven are tough even for adults.

A recent Save the Children survey estimated that Half of Afghan families have hired children to put the food at the dinner table As livelihoods collapsed.

Minors Work In Any Weather Condition, And They Assure That They Are Already &Quot;Addicted&Quot;,
Minors work in any climatic conditions, and they assure that they are already “get used to”.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the many roadside brick factories north of the capital, Kabul. The conditions in the oven are tough even for adults. But in almost all of them, four or five-year-olds work with their families from early morning till late at night during the summer season.

Shocking Pictures Of Kids Working In Afghan Brick Kilns
“We can’t think of anything other than work.”

Children do each step of the brick making process, They carry water drums, load wooden brick molds filled with clay to dry in the sun. They move and push a wheel full of kiln-dried bricks to fire, then push back a wheel full of kiln-dried bricks. Everywhere they are picking up bricks, stacking them, sorting. They rummage through the smoldering charcoal that has been burned in the kiln to pieces that can still be used, inhaling the soot and singeing their fingers.

Aid Agencies Say The Number Of Children Working In Afghanistan Is On The Rise As The Economy Crumbled After The Taliban Came To Power More Than A Year Ago.
Aid agencies say the number of children working in Afghanistan is on the rise as the economy crumbled after the Taliban came to power more than a year ago.

Children born out of knowing little more than the needs of their family, act beyond their years with a determination and a serious sense of responsibility. When asked about toys or games, they smile and shrug. Only a few have gone to school.

Afghan Children Work At A Brick Factory On The Outskirts Of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Afghan children work at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, August 20, 2022.

12-year-old Nabeela has been working in brick factories since the age of five-six. Like many other brick workers, his family works part of the year in a kiln near Kabul, another part in a kiln on the outskirts of Jalalabad, near the Pakistani border.

Children Perform Each Step Of The Brick-Making Process.
Children perform each step of the brick making process.

A few years ago, he was able to attend school for some time in Jalalabad. She wants to go back to school but she can’t, her family needs her job to survive, she said with a soft smile.

Many Of Them Want To Go Back To School.
Many of them want to go back to school.

“We can’t think of anything other than work,” he said.

Mohabbat, a 9-year-old boy, paused for a moment with a painful expression as he carried a load of coal. “I have a pain in my back”Told.

Image Of A Group Of Working Children.
Image of a group of working children.

When asked what he wanted, he first asked, “What is the desire?”

After explaining once, he fell silent for a moment, thinking. “I want to go to school and eat well,” he said later, “I want to do good work so that we can have a house.”

An 8 Year Old Boy Arranges The Drying Of Bricks.
An 8 year old boy arranges the drying of bricks.

The landscape around the factories is foggy and dry, with black smoke and soot emanating from the chimneys of the furnaces. Families live in dilapidated mud houses next to kilns, each with a corner where they make their own bricks. For most people, the meal of the day is bread soaked in tea.

A 13 Year Old Boy Carries Goods Inside The Factory.
A 13 year old boy carries goods inside the factory.

Rahim has three children who work with him in a brick kiln, aged between 5 and 12 years. The children had gone to school and Rahim, who is known by only one name, said he had resisted hiring them for a long time. But even before the Taliban came to power, as the war continued and the economy deteriorated, he said he had no choice.

A 9-Year-Old Afghan Girl Works In A Brick Factory On The Outskirts Of Kabul.
A 9-year-old Afghan girl works in a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul.

“There is no other way,” he said. “If we don’t have bread to eat how can they read? Survival is more important.”

What They Get Paid For Making 1,000 Bricks Is Only $4.
What they get paid for making 1,000 bricks is only $4.

Workers are paid the equivalent of $4 for every 1,000 bricks they make. An adult working alone can’t make that much in a day, but if the kids help, they can make 1,500 bricks a day.workers said.

Families Make An Average Of 1,500 Bricks A Day.
Families make an average of 1,500 bricks a day.

According to surveys by Save the Children, from December to June the percentage of households who say they have a child working outside the home increased from 18% to 22%. would suggest that More than 1 million children were working nationwide, Another 22% of children said they were asked to work in the family business or on the farm.

A Nine-Year-Old Afghani Girl Working In The Rain Near A Brick Factory.
A nine-year-old Afghani girl working in the rain near a brick factory.

The survey covered more than 1,400 children and more than 1,400 caregivers in seven provinces. He also pointed to the rapid decline of Afghan livelihoods. In June, 77% of households surveyed reported losing half or more of their income over the previous year, up from 61% in December.

Most Drop Out Of School To Help Their Families.
Most drop out of school to help their families.

Recently it started raining lightly on a kiln, and at first the children jumped with joy, thinking it would be a refreshing drizzle in the summer. Then the wind blew. A gust of dust struck them, covering their faces. The air turned yellow with dust. Some of the kids couldn’t open their eyes, but they kept on working. The rain opened in a rain.

A 4-Year-Old Afghan Girl Sleeps After Working In A Brick Factory On The Outskirts Of Kabul.
A 4-year-old Afghan girl sleeps after working in a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul.

The children were wet. Water and mud was pouring out of one boy, but like the others he said that he could not take shelter without finishing his work. Streams of torrential rain dug trenches in the earth around them.

Two Children Poured Clay Into Brick Moulds.
Two children poured clay into brick moulds.

“we are used to”, Told. Then he said to the other boy: “Hurry, let’s finish it.”

(with info and photos from Associated Press)

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