Published Walid Hari
A recent Save the Children survey says half of Afghanistan’s families have put children to work to keep food on the table.
Already high, the number of children put to work in Afghanistan is growing, fuelled by the collapse of the economy after the Taliban took over the country and the world cut off financial aid just more than a year ago. Children do every step of the brickmaking process.
They haul canisters of water, and carry the wooden brick moulds full of mud to put in the sun to dry. They load and push wheelbarrows full of dried bricks to the kiln for firing, then push back wheelbarrows full of fired bricks.
The children were soaked. One boy had water and mud pouring off of him, but like the others, he said he could not take shelter without finishing his work.