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The Kids from Lunik IX - 6
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Michael Biach




Fallen Stars : Child Labour in Bangladesh

Child labor is a visible part of everyday life in Bangladesh. Employers often prefer to employ children because they are cheaper and considered to be more compliant and obedient than adults. They are also exposed to situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, violence and exploitation. According to the ILO (International Labor Organization) 2006 there are about 3.2 million child laborers in Bangladesh. On average, children work 28 hours a week and earn 222 BDT (just US $3.3) a week. The vast majority of children (93 per cent) work in the informal sector which makes enforcement of the relevant legislation challenging. Many child laborers miss out on their right to education because they do not have the time to go to school or to study. As a result, working children get stuck in low paying, low-skilled jobs, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
I have started my project on child labor from last three years. I am documenting life of child labor, which was a result of curiosity of many children. I�m influenced by great writer Nikolai Ostrovsky.
I am very much interested to those children who work away from their home and family. I wonder how they cope up with their daily life with that hazardous condition like brickfield, aluminum factory, shipyard and garbage dump yard. I�ve started following Shafik (11) and few others who work in a brickfield in Chittagong. His family live in an Island named Hatia in Bay of Bengal. Shafik working at Bakkar brickfield, as his father wants him to do so. His father took 6000 BDT (80$) for six months agreement from master, who collect children as a labor from different villages of Bangladesh. I would like to document Shafik and few other child labour�s lives, dreams and future following few of them on their working environment and their family living different districts of Bangladesh, Asian & African countries. I would like to document their lives, dreams and undervalued labor of these children with my work.

Photo documentary by Mohamed Shahnewaz Khan (Hits: 19433)

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Popy collects garbage with her mother at dump yard. (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Shafik working above the pile of burning bricks in a brickfield. (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Often accidents occur at the brick field. (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Azgar is walking to sell his collected materials from Anandabazar dump yard in Chittagong. (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Those who child labors of aluminum factory still dream about bright future ahead (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Aluminum Factory in Chittagong, Bangladesh (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Shafik and others watch video song on mobile (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Roni works in a scrap metal shop at day time. (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Shakil falls asleep on his tools after hard work at aluminum factory (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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At brickfield, workers have only rice and vegetables for their lunch (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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A girl gets injured from an explosion while collecting garbage (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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Poli dancing with her scarf listening to a Bengali song (Md. Shahnewaz Khan)
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