Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stunning Pictures of Child Labor in Bangladesh is featuring a story by G.M.B. Akash on child labor in Bangladesh.

Having a visual image showing the lives of children in the developing world is far more powerful than what most textual descriptions can give.

One picture in particular struck me as signifying the tragedy. It's a picture that focuses on the hands of an 8 year old child laborer. The hands are beaten and worn worse than any of the retirement aged tradesmen that I know. To me, the picture symbolizes the imposition of the weathering effect of a career's worth of toil onto children. It's taking youth from children and imposing the pains of age prematurely.

As convenient as child labor is for us in the US to turn a blind eye to, I wish there were a way that more people could be made aware of the issue and do something about it.

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