Brick factories have been operating in the Kathmandu Valley for some 3000 years. Many of the famed monuments in the area such as the squares, temples and houses were built with terracotta bricks. Today the industry is responsible for a lot of the pollution that hangs over the valley, but also the poor respiratory health of many of its workers – these are seasonal labourers and many come from India.

They live alongside the factories during the working season, their babies watching from hammocks slung nearby, their children sometimes helping or playing nearby.

Here are some images of the brick workers of Kathmandu.

A face amongst the bricks

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