Passing several brickworks around the Srimongol area we stopped our car to take a closer look. Striking up a conversation with the headman, he proudly offered to show us around. Phew!! Amazing and touching.
Toiling under the sun, the brick workers carry out back-breaking and exhausting labour.
Ranging in age from pre-teens to grandparents, they work long hours to churn out millions of bricks to fuel a construction boom. The brick-workers have a target to reach of 3000 bricks a day per person. For this they earn 75 thaka (75 euro cent).
The cities of Bangladesh - one of the world's most densely populated countries - are growing fast, and there's a never-ending need for cheap construction materials.
Wow, all that work for 75 cents. I must assume that the 75 cents goes a long way in Bangladesh. Even so, it is hard work as I helped build a brick wall with my dad when I was in high school. Stack, lift, carry, restack and then do it all again for 8-10 hours. My back hurts just thinking about it.
One can only imagine just how hard this work must be, especially without the proper tool and equipment and clothes and shoe and safety issue is probably next to nothing...
Here we have to wear protective glasses, ear plug, booth, glove and etc.
A very compelling daily life image. I should never take it for granted when stepping out of my house front porch laid with bricks.