Child labor in Mandalay 

The sun is burning hot, the air is cork dry and a dusty wind is blowing around. 

Dozens of young children work outside for the brick factory in the rural area of Mandalay.

Young boys dig the clay from the riverbed and carry it in large baskets on the top of their heads. After a machine makes a mushy paste of the clay, teenage girls put the thick heavy paste in a brick template. The older boys are responsible for the hot oven where the bricks are finalized. 10 bricks are sold for €0,15 cents. 

It is ironic, the families who work for the brick factory cannot afford bricks for their own house. They live in little thatched houses, which they rebuild after each rainy season.

Still a big smile appears on the faces of the children when we pass by. 


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