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Child labour may stop me becoming engineer, fears Ali

Child labour may stop me becoming engineer, fears Ali

Jun 25, 2016 - 16:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A 15-year-old boy who may not be able to get higher educationinfo-icon due to being a child laborer complain media outlets -- interested only in pocketing profits -- do not highlight their situation in an effective manner.

Besides going to school, Ali has been working as a car mechanic at an auto workshop in the capital Kabul. We found him in bad shape -- dirty clothes and his hands smelling of oil and gasoline.

During an exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ali narrated some heart-rending memories of his life. “When I came here for work for the first time, I would play with tools.

“However, I learnt soon how to fix faults of automobile faults after being slapped often for not concentrating on my work. I still remember the pain of those slaps in my face,” recalled the teenager.

With black circles around his eyes and a smile playing across his tired visage, the boy admitted he had not become auto mechanic by choice. It was financial woes that made him work to support his family.

Now that Ali has learnt a lot, he getting a decent salary from his employer, but he has to pay the rent of his house and meet other requirements of his family.

He wished to become an engineer, but looking at his daily routine, it will be difficult for him to achieve this goal. Without naming anyone, he said some organisations received huge funds in name of ending child labour but did nothing to address the problem.

Ali deplored some organisations and media outlets used the child labour issue to earn a huge amount of money on the pretext of working for welfare of children. “Indeed they have done nothing for us,” claimed Ali.

Ali believes if his father was alive or his mother educated, he might have reached his goal of becoming an engineer, but at the moment that looksa distant dream.


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