Child labor is a visible part of everyday life in Bangladesh. Employers often prefer to employ children because they are cheaper and considered to be more compliant and obedient than adults. They are also exposed to situations that make them vulnerable to trafficking, abuse, violence and exploitation. According to the ILO (International Labor Organization) 2006 there are about 3.2 million child laborers in Bangladesh. On average, children work 28 hours a week and earn 222 BDT (3.3 USD) a week. His vast majority of children (93 per cent) work in the informal sector which makes enforcement of the relevant legislation challenging. Many child laborers miss out on their right to education because they do not have the time to go to school or to study. As a result, working children get stuck in low paying, low-skilled jobs, thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
I am documenting life of child labor, which was a result of curiosity of many children; I see work around my surrounding every day. I have started my project on child labor from last three years on my personal point of view. I’m very much close to my project and I’m also Strive for alive for my dreams.
I am very much interested to those children who work away from their home and family. I wonder how they cope up with their daily life with that hazardous condition like brick field, aluminum factory, shipyard and garbage dump yard. I've started following Shafik (11) and few others who work in a brick field in Chittagong. His family live in an Island named Hatia in Bay of Bengal. Shafik working at Bakkar brick field, as his father wants him to do so.
I would like to document Shafik and few other child labors lives, dreams and future following few of them on their working environment and their family living different districts of Bangladesh, Asian countries and worldwide. I would like to document their lives, dreams and undervalued labor of these children with my work.