UNOHCHR - Nepal's child labourers

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Many of the child labourers in Nepal accept their lives without thinking. It's hard to imagine going to school, having time to play or being treated as a human when this is all your family has known for a hundred generations. <br />
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Musuriya, who works in a roadside tea shop, says he likes his job. He likes it because it means he can buy a new t-shirt. While other children dream of becoming teachers, or musicians or doctors, Musuriya dreams of a change of clothes. He has been wearing these ones for weeks. <br />
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Among Nepal's untouchable class are the Kamaiya - a social group who have traditionally sold themselves and their children into bonded labour, for as little as US$50 a year. Even though the Kamaiya system has been legally abolished, the practice of bonded child labour, or kamalari, is still prevalent. The children perform menial labour, mostly as domestic servants, or in small businesses and on farms. They work all day, every day. They have no childhoods. They don't go to school. There is nowhere to turn if they are abused. They have almost no chance of breaking out of this poisonous system to make a better life for themselves or their own children in the future.<br />
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This has been going on for 2,000 years.

Many of the child labourers in Nepal accept their lives without thinking. It's hard to imagine going to school, having time to play or being treated as a human when this is all your family has known for a hundred generations.

Musuriya, who works in a roadside tea shop, says he likes his job. He likes it because it means he can buy a new t-shirt. While other children dream of becoming teachers, or musicians or doctors, Musuriya dreams of a change of clothes. He has been wearing...
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