Male and female poor laborers migrate to brick fields to find seasonal jobs despite the hard conditions and low salaries. Brick workers still use 150-year-old techniques: collecting soil from humid areas, mixing it with water, molding the bricks by hand and drying them in the sun before they are fired in traditional kilns.
Most of the brick fields are built without respecting clear environmental policies, exposing brick workers to major health risks. Farmlands are being exhausted and water and soil polluted. A massive deforestation is the further result of the 25 to 26 percent of the national wood production being used to fire bricks each year.
Text by Reuters