How Nepal is trying to solve its blood brick problem
"Business is booming in Nepal’s brick industry. “Demand is increasing because building is increasing,” says Mahendra Chitrakar, president of the Federation of Nepal Brick Industries. “Each and every man wants to come to Kathmandu and build a house here.”
Construction was ranked as the third largest economic sector in Nepal in 2006. High demand for building materials is in turn creating a huge demand for cheap bricks, often with little consideration for the human or environmental consequences.
Due to the seasonal nature of the job and the tough and demanding working conditions, brick kiln workers often come from marginalised and poor communities and have few employment alternatives..."
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