Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Child Labor

Yet another reason to be thankful, and responsible, for we are the lucky ones...

Asmara Chanie herds cattle out to grazing fields at sunrise and herds them back at sundown. He is paid in sacks of barley, which feeds his family of six.

Himnat Yenealem scrubs floors, washes clothes and roasts coffee beans for her employer's breakfast. In return, she receives food, shelter and clothing.

Their jobs are the norm in Africa, where manual labor is the most common form of employment. But their ages would surprise many outsiders.

As Rural Ethiopians Struggle, Child Labor Can Mean Survival (Washington Post Foreign Service) January 3, 2006