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Bangladesh child workers lead uncertain lives

Features , Bangladesh - 03 May 2012

11-year old Aleya chips bricks with her mother, elder sister, and little borther in  the brick field, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 3, 2012.

Our contributor writes: "Depending on the amount of bricks [Aleya] breaks, she earns between 20 to 40 Taka a day, [or]  $0.30 to $0.60. Aleya is one of [an] estimated 4.9 million Bangladeshi working children aged 5 to 15. They perform in many different capacities - as domestic workers, garage helpers, factory workers, porters, child street sellers, in railway stations and markets...many for little or no pay, and some of them [working] in hazardous conditions. Many [of the] boys and girls who work do not have access to education and become trapped in low-skilled, [low-paying] work that further binds them into the cycle of poverty. The picture is especially bleak for children living in urban slums."

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