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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Child Labor in Katmandu, Nepal

Indira works in a granite quarry near Katmandu. She is 7 years old. The granite is sent to Britain to provide stone tiles for patios. Children are paid the equivalent of 25 cents a day to perform tiring and dangerous work with little or no safety gear.. Approximately 32,000 children in Nepal work in stone quarries. Some are as young as 5 years old  Many work besides their parents who are in debt bondage with  little hope of escaping. Some live at the work site which is watched by guards who forbid them from leaving. The children are forced to perform hazardous jobs & if they refuse the employer withholds food from the family. Eradicating child labor from Nepal is difficult because it is fundamental to the economy.



this mural was painted in conjunction with the 6th Annual Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens
it is located on 12th street in between Welling Court and 30th Rd.
Rumor has it that the building will soon be demolished to make way for condominiums. 

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