beplob (7-year-old) sweats due to heat and humidity in battery recycling workshop at Godhara Ghat in Dhaka where she works from 8am to 6pm. There are hundreds of informal factories and workshops inside and on the outskirts of the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The industry employs hundreds of women and children. All day long the children break used batteries to get reusable parts and tiny pieces of metal out of them. Once separated, these materials are sent to battery manufacturing factories and workshops that either reuse them or melt them to make other useful materials. While breaking used batteries, children inhale millions of fine carbon dust particles from the batteries throughout the day. Depending on how much work they do, each of them get between 15-20 Taka per day (US$ 1.00 = Taka 70). It takes a young child 4-7 days to earn just one US dollar. These children face some of the worst condition of life anywhere in the world. None of the children go to school. Although they work hard and need nutritious food, they hardly eat much. It's amazing that they still look happy and manage to crack a smile every now and then. Photo by palash khan

 (image by Palash Khan)
beplob (7-year-old) sweats due to heat and humidity in battery recycling workshop at Godhara Ghat in Dhaka where she works from 8am to 6pm. There are hundreds of informal factories and workshops inside and on the outskirts of the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The industry employs hundreds of women and children. All day long the children break used batteries to get reusable parts and tiny pieces of metal out of them. Once separated, these materials are sent to battery manufacturing factories and workshops that either reuse them or melt them to make other useful materials. While breaking used batteries, children inhale millions of fine carbon dust particles from the batteries throughout the day. Depending on how much work they do, each of them get between 15-20 Taka per day (US$ 1.00 = Taka 70). It takes a young child 4-7 days to earn just one US dollar. These children face some of the worst condition of life anywhere in the world. None of the children go to school. Although they work hard and need nutritious food, they hardly eat much. It's amazing that they still look happy and manage to crack a smile every now and then. Photo by palash khan
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