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Leben im Dunkeln: Minenarbeit [mining work] in Afghanistan

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Tageszeitung, 26 June 2023

Reportage (in (German) and magnificent photographs by Italian journalist Francesca Borri from the coal mines of Dara-ye Suf in Samangan where child labour is abundant and, since the Taleban new takeover, university graduates without perspective are toiling under unbelievably dire security conditions. Many of them, still hoping for support from the international community, raise their opposition to the sanctions because they only hit civilians, and against the UN’s ‘food for work’ programmes (“as if we were animals that don’t need more than a bowl of food”), a pledge for resuming development cooperation that improves people’s lives.