AFGHANISTAN, JALAL-ABAD : Afghan siblings take a break as they work at a traditional brick factory on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province on January 25, 2014. The thousands of neatly-stacked sandy bricks baked in these coal-fired ovens are in high demand in the capital and across Afghanistan, as the country tries to rebuild after three decades of conflict. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada
BANGLADESH, Khulna : In this photograph taken on January 18, 2016, a
Bangladeshi worker carries bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of
Khulna some 266kms south of Dhaka. Very few of the brick kilns in
Bangladesh - approximately 7,000, according to government estimates –
have been constructed following proper design and environmental rules,
according to experts. And the consequences have been devastating as
brick kilns are the largest source of greenhouse gases in Bangladesh, so
much so that the smoke spewed out by them has been identified as one of
the main factors behind the worsening quality of air in the country.
AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMAN
↳ 1136 Monmouth was a hungry-looking brick factory, gutted and black-eyed, growing out of an overgrown lot that took up nearly all of a block. And everywhere, everywhere, there were books. Not the tidy stacks of an intellectual attempting to impress, but the slumping piles of a scholar obsessed.
This is the scariest episode from my childhood. It took place in 1991, when I was 8 years old.
I lived in a village on the Norwegian countryside, with my parents and two older brothers. There weren’t many kids around for us to play with, so we always stuck together, despite the age difference – I was 8, my brothers 10 and 12.
AFGHANISTAN, Mazar-i-Sharif - This photograph taken on April
6, 2016 shows Afghan labourers working at a brick factory on the
outskirts Mazar-i-Sharif. Afghanistan remains one of the poorest
countries in the world, with nearly half the population estimated to be
living below the poverty line. / AFP PHOTO / Farshad USYAN