Under the weight of bricks

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Among the emergencies that Afghanistan is experiencing in an attempt to create not only a unitary state, but also solidarity and law, there is the condition of its women and children. A generally unfavorable condition, which is intertwined in the workplace with a great deal of exploitation. A new report on forced labor in brick factories in Afghanistan released by the International Labor Organization (ILO) has highlighted the dramatic reality of minors, who make up the majority of this workforce: 56 percent of workers. In Afghanistan most of the families working in the furnaces have known debt bondage. Entire families with limited skills and no access to credit, find work only in furnaces, where they are guaranteed an advance on salary as well as housing and water as payment in kind. On average the families are composed of 8.8 people, and 83 percent of the heads of families have received no education. (text by Luca catalano Gonzaga).