Jawzjan: War-hit women, kids work at kilns to eke out living
Tens of families coming from conflict-hit areas in neighbouring Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces have sought shelter in Shiberghan, Jawzjan’s capital. Children and women of these families support their elders and families through the hard work.
Sabera, 40, who recently lost her husband to clashes with Taliban, is currently working at a brick kiln with her mother in Chelmard village.
“I have two children and both help me in bricks making. We make 1,000 bricks daily and earn 500 afghanis,” she said.
Zarmina, another woman who worked in the same kiln with her spouse, said: “There is no work in winter, so we borrow money and return that in summer with wages we earn through bricks making.”
She earns up to 500 afghanis a day and supports her seven-member family with the income.
Besides women, children are also seen busy in making bricks. Yadgar, 13, said they left school due to conflict and shifted to Jawzjan and now worked in a kiln.
“I wanted to become an engineer but the war and other issues shattered my dreams and now I have to work to earn,” he said. Yadgar said the brick mould was heavy and very difficult for him to lift and carry.
According to statistics, as many as one million children in Afghanistan have been engaged in hard labour and the government has no strategy to get the children out of labour and enroll them in schools.
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