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How Nepal is trying to solve its blood brick problem

"Many brick kiln owners ensure a steady supply of cheap labour through a system of loans and debt, which ties workers to the kiln for months or years..."

Illegal Brick kilns threaten Bandarban forest

"Nothing can be done about these kilns as the local authorities are in favour of the owners..."

Challenges & Issues in the Indian Brick Sector

"With an average consumption of 18 tonnes of coal per 100,000 bricks, the brick sector consumes about 24 million tonnes of coal per year which is about 8 % of the total coal consumption of the country (third largest consumer after power and steel sector). In addition, it also consumes several million tonnes of biomass fuels. The share of energy in total cost of brick production is 35-50 %..."

The Economist - Bricks of clay and men of straw

"OUTSIDE a village called Mau, in Uttar Pradesh, half a dozen chimneys rise from kilns into a colourless sky. These ovens, six among the 100,000 which turn out the 200 billion bricks made each year in India, are worked by dalits—members of castes once regarded as Untouchable..."