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Brick Field Worker in Chittagong

Brick is a very important building material for a developing country, especially like Bangladesh to improve infrastructure.

The majority of new buildings use bricks, and construction is the symbol of improvement in the urban sector.

However, the reality is that people who work with this rough material, will never be able to own a development themselves; sometimes they don’t even have enough money for a meal. They earn money on the amount of bricks they shift, rather than hourly, which encourages them to work from dawn till dusk; the workers are treated as machines as the more the labourers input, the more the Mazi (supervisor) makes. The labourers are always kept out of communication with the owner.

Most of the labourers of the brick field come from the northern part of Bangladesh, and tend to stay at the brick field without their family to save on travelling costs.

The daily income of a worker is less than BDT 100 ($1.5), and the income of child labourer is less than BDT 30-35 ($0.5).

There are a lot of poor and illiterate people who are trying to improve their lives by earning money at the brick field. They have lots of dreams, but sadly, these will rarely come true if they can't save money. Some people can, some people can’t, but one thing is clear; those who can, will never go to work in the brick field again.

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Taken on April 29, 2010