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Bonded labour ensnares entire families

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IRIN, 16 May 2012
IRIN points to a new ILO report according to which more than half of the brick kiln workers surveyed in Afghanistan were children, with most under 14. 
ost children began working at the age of seven or eight, and almost 80 percent are under 10. According to the ILO, the kilns rely on debt bondage: Workers and their families are tied to a kiln by the need to pay off loans taken out for basic necessities, medical expenses, weddings and funerals. 

The exact number of kilns in Afghanistan is unknown, but reports suggest that in Nangarhar Province’s Surkhroad District alone there are about 90, with 150-200 children working in each one.


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