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Early every morning, Pharady pulls a cart from town hauling water for neighbours. When it's full, the tank weighs about four hundred and fifty pounds. After doing morning chores, the hardest part of her day begins. Instead of going to school, she goes to work in a brick factory, ALL - DAY – LONG. It's hard, tedious work, often in temperatures above 35 degrees. Each family gets paid by the number of bricks they load. Pharady's mum is getting older and weaker, so she needs Pharady and her sister to help. “I wish I could go to school, but I need to make money to buy for my family.”. When Pharady's father got very sick five years ago he eventually passed away and she was left with a mountain of debt and four girls to raise. So they came to the brick factory three years ago, and Pharady went to work to help them survive. “I don't know what to do, I just want my daughter to be able to go to school and to be educated so she doesn't have to work in the brick factory like me.”. Pharady dreams of becoming a teacher, but if she can't go to school, that's impossible! “I'm afraid that I won't be able to work enough, we owe other people lots of money. I work from six in the morning until six at night, but we still don't have enough food.”. It's hard to believe the weight of worry on this tiny girl's shoulders.
Duration: 3 minutes and 6 seconds
Posted by: ang_ruiz on Feb 27, 2014
The following video explores child labour through the personal story of a young Cambodian girl named Pharady.
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