The carpet making children - Afghanistan 2006.
Most children in Afghanistan polish shoes for money. You will see in a street even 5 children setting up their own corner and competing to get customers. Polishing one pair of shoe gains then 10 to 20 afghani ( aprox. 20 to 40 US cents ) but that depends from place to place. These children should be in schools, but the conditions of their families force them to work under harsh environments. In hot summers, and in cold winters you will always find them there. Most of these children have lost one or both of their parents or they are the eldest of the family which in Afghanistan makes it compulsory on you to take care of the rest of the family. While these children work hard, All they actually want is a normal life and enjoy their childhood, go to school and play like any other children.
While in kabul, i saw how these working children used to look at other children whom were fortunate enough to go to schools. Their looks were those of dreams and hope of some day they will also go to one. or at least of a normal life.
The rough hands of an Afghan child, at the Sadat Ltd. Brick factory, where some children work from 8am to 5 pm daily, seen on May 14, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Child labor is common at the brick factories where the parents work as laborers, desperate to make more money enlisting their children to help doing the easy jobs
Weasdeen, 12, hides a smile behind his hands at an auto mechanic shop in Kabul February 19, 2002.. He has been working for one year. It is not uncommon for Afghan children as young as five to be working full time. Approximately 90 percent of children in Afghanistan do not go to school. There were 28, 000 children working in the streets of Kabul in 1995, 50,000 in 1999, and estimated to be even higher today.
“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together, and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” - Grace Abbott