Millions pushed into child labor in Pakistan.
Zakir, 10, pauses during his work of cutting fish at Karachi’s Fish Harbor on Feb. 1, 2012. Zakir earns $2.20 per day. Rising food and fuel prices and a struggling economy have forced many families to send their children to work instead of school.
Reuters reports: Tears tracing lines of dirt on his face, six-year-old Pakistani boy Nabeel Mukhtar cries while crouching on a pavement to scrub motorbikes, his job for nine hours a day, six days a week in Islamabad, Pakistan.
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to send my son to school but we have so many expenses … We struggle to put food on our table,” said Mukhtar’s mother, Shazia, who also has a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.
“He’s learning to work and he also earns around 300-400 rupees. So what’s wrong in that? We are poor,” Mohammed said of the boy.
Meanwhile in Lahore, Pakistan the death toll from the collapse of a three-story factory rose to 17 on Tuesday as rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble. A gas explosion caused the building to collapse on Monday, trapping dozens of laborers, mostly boys aged 14 – 14 inside.