The World’s Working Children

To abolish child labour you first have to make it visible.

The above photo is of Jainal, who works in silver cooking pot factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is 11 years old, and has been working in the factory for three years.

He works from 9am to 6pm and earns $10 a month.

Child labour is illegal in Bangladesh, but the United Nations estimate more than 6.3 million children under the age of 14 are working in the country.

The photo was taken by the photographer G.M.B. Akash, as is part of his powerful but disturbing series of photographs showing the conditions many of these working children find themselves in. Akash’s intention with the series of photographs is not only to make child labour and the often appalling conditions visible, but to show the complex reality of the situation – with children being sent to work because their parents cannot afford to look after them, and the cheap products they produce often finding their way into Western shops.

View more of Akash’s excellent and poignant photography on his blog.

Photo by G.M.B. Akash (with the photographer’s permission)


  1. Next Starfish GMB Akash gave a TED talk in May this year about his photographs of poverty in Bangladesh –

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