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Fired by coal the kiln chimney is spitting out black toxic

smoke.

Blood bricks

The brick kiln employs vulnerable people from remote villages in Nepal trapping them in a vicious debt cycle. The workers get paid an average of $3 per day. The living and working conditions are appalling. No access to clean water, toilets or protection from the fine dust which is covering the bodies and nostrils of the workers and their families.

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The road crossing the brick kilns lined on both sides of the road.
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Worker standing knee deep in wet mud which is used as the raw material for the bricks.
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One of the workers in the process of shaping the brick by throwing the clay / mud clot into a wooden mold box. The resulting brick is then left for drying.
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Brick kiln worker with his sibling checking his mobile phone on a short break from work. The modern methods of communication go side by side with ancient ways of living and working in Nepal.
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Children playing around their mother who's lining up the bricks for drying.
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Shaped mud bricks drying in the sun
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Traditionally women in Nepal do a lot of the work which in the West is carried out by men. Carrying extremely heavy loads is one of them. This woman is carrying a weight of 70kgs.
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The women are carrying sun-dried bricks to be fired in the kiln.
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Worker on top of the kiln in scorching heat from daytime sun and the hot surface he's walking on. Thousands of bricks are getting fired underneath him.
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Exhausted worker steeling a short nap before the lorry arrives to be loaded with fired bricks.
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Once the loading is done the faces are completely covered with the fine dust.
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The workers loading the finished bricks on top of their heads to be carried to the lorry.
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In the process the workers are covered in fine dust which gets into their eyes and nostrils
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Workers loading the finished bricks onto a lorry. Only the supervisors wear simple cloth masks.

Faces behind the bricks

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The living quarters of the brick kiln workers.
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One of the workers coming out of their brick-made tiny houses.
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Entire families live in these 1 room tin-covered huts made of the same bricks. The huts have only tiny holes and are so low it's impossible to stand up once inside.
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The pregnant woman on the left is carrying a heavy load of bricks for building their little hut.
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Lunch break. Eating the traditional dal bhat meal predominantly made of rice and a tiny bit of curried vegetables with lentil soup sauce.
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There is no clean water supply or any toilets. Worker families are exposed to unsanitary conditions. The women have to wash the dishes in a nearby dirty water stream.
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From November to May bricks is all this and other factory children see around them. Bricks to play with, bricks to walk around, brick houses to sleep in.
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Whole families along with the elderly and the children come together to live and work in the factories.

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