Rana Malhi

Rana Malhi

The author is a freelance multimedia journalist. He covers politics, social, environmental issues and feature stories. He tweets @RanaMalhiRM and can be reached at ranamalhi.wordpress.com/

The modern day slaves of Umerkot’s brick kilns

Before the sun has even risen, 47-year-old Laali Bai, a mother of five from Umerkot, begins her daily commute on foot towards the brick kiln, braving the often harsh morning air with the rest of her family members. She has been working at the kiln for the last five years, earning a daily wage of merely Rs500. Bai is visibly suffering from a skin allergy that she has most likely contracted from the soil that is used for making bricks. “I work for 12 hours a day and earn a mere Rs500. My family members and I use the soil to make bricks. ...

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