9-year-old labour says he works more in Eid days
KABUL (Pajhwok): A nine-years-old boy from capital Kabul says he should work more during Eid days in order his eight-member family could enjoy the religious festival.
Seddiqullah polishes people’s shoes with his little hands in Deh Afghanan area of Kabul city. He walks on footpaths looking for customers to earn a legitimate living for his family.
His two brothers and a sister also do similar hard labour, but their income is insufficient to meet the entire family’s needs.
“I should work more during Eid days so my father, mother, sister and brothers enjoy Eid,” he said, clearing his blackened hands with his skirt and sweats coming down his forehead.
Sediqullah said his father also ran a handcart in the city, but due to high traffic in last days of the holy month of Ramadan on roads, he could not earn much.
“Our expenses increase in Eid days, so I have to work extra time to have more income for my family,” said the child, who earns 50 to 100 afghanis daily.
He gives the income money to his mother who collects earnings from his other two brothers and their father and buys what the family needs the most.
“One of my brothers who is seven-years-old sells drinking water and another sells plastic bags,” he said.
Sediqullah said he attended Amir Hamza School and obtained third position in fourth grade.
“I have great dreams for future, I want to become a doctor,” he said, adding he chose the profession of doctor because his mother was suffering from illness and he wanted to treat her.
“In the past, our elders would give children money as Eid gift, but now their hearts seem hardened like stone. I should work to earn money and support my family.”
When asked what he wants from the government, he said, “The government should provide us job opportunities; we suffer from bad weather conditions both in summer and winter.”
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