16 How Afghan Bricks are Produced

How Afghan Bricks are Produced

Posted on August 26, 2011 by team


In the desert near Bagram, there are dozens of small factories producing bricks. Brick in Afghanistan is made in exactly the same way as it was made hundreds of years ago. First, the clay is shaped into bars and then fired in a huge furnace. These bricks become incredibly durable. Today we invite you to visit one of such factories.

The factory is well seen from the road.

All production is fully manual. Only horses and donkeys help a little.

Small pipes are made of old barrels, the large ones – of bricks.

A huge working furnace.

The only thing that is automated here is a water-pump station. At first, water from the well is collected into the pool at the top of the hill. Then it goes further to the lower levels where clay blocks are made. By the way, workers bathe in this very same water.

Children make up the greater part of the workers of the factory. The youngest ones are 4 years old. The work they do is not easy – they carry heavy bricks and water in the burning sun.

Every brick has the logo of the factory.

After the bricks get dry in the sun, they are transported to the furnace…

And laid out inside a special cell in the following way.

These boys are 8 years old. All day long they haul bricks, coal and water and earn $ 20-30 a month. Surprisingly but adults prefer less difficult work.

Once the furnace is loaded, it’s filled with coal and covered with a clay roof.

That’s how a working furnace looks.

Coal is added through special holes.

Cooking right on the spot.

Bricks are fired for a month.

Then they become so strong that they are simply thrown into a car from a distance – no single stone breaks!

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16 Responses to “How Afghan Bricks are Produced”

  1. historian says:

    The pipes looks so Sci Fi, reminds me Kin-dza-dza!

  2. Ivana Benderova says:

    “no single stone breaks!”
    Odd. There are broken bricks all over the place there…

  3. testicules says:

    Elegant in it’s simplicity. Good to see the people working on something constructive. I like the Spade insignia too.

  4. DouglasU says:

    The USA is fighting a war so that children can make bricks and farmers can cultivate poppy fields for heroin that is then sent to Europe and the US for the drug addicts.

    • Dutch Nr.3,332... says:

      Yeah and not only the US other nations too….and not only for peace or get rid of the Taliban but also for that big mountain of Lithium and a pipeline i thought,
      and the poppy is their medicine to get rid of pain,
      ow btw there will always be questions and answers…..opium, heroin, morphine…Europe and USA have a lot of medicines and painkillers in store,all because of this plant……..so not only the addicts created a scene on earth where your wallet isn’t save
      in the mouth of an American pit if there are some addicts in the area.!!

  5. Anon150 says:

    Funny, I see this as: “Hardworking Afghanis make quality building materials to renew and rebuild their country, while earning a modest but honorable living”.

    Must’ve missed the poppies an’ heroin and whatnot, huh? There’re probably cannibal prostitutes and vampire piranhas in some of those photos, too.

  6. popalumi says:

    Popor afgan,oameni afgani, copii afgani.Cum era Afganul inainte de 1989 si cum e acum.Astazi cind spun afgan spun heroina si mi se face pielea ca pielea de gaina. Am vazut baietelul acela de 8 ani.Sansa lui a fost sfarimata de trupele americanoide si fortele NATO.
    Cum vor putea sa devina o societate?

  7. JoE says:

    It’s not a raging fire when they’re baking bricks. There’s also the advantage of a controlled environment and quality.

  8. Vladimir Kobikchov says:

    Well I talk to a man who works at the central bank in kabul. I showed him some of these images and he said that they are shipped to pakistan and used there. He said he has seen that logo many times their.

  9. Musa says:

    This is a fascinating post, I enjoyed it. I like learning about how different people make things.

  10. Dutch Nr.3,332... says:

    Hhhhmmmm working 8/16 hours a day,7 days a week,on hot ground,in a desert,8 year old excuse me!young i mean, i will bet 99% who’s reacting here,had lessons at that age,in a school building,without a war in their country!When they r 16 they have a burn-out,a wife,a kid or two,three,and a home made of bricks with a handmade carpet in.yeah,respect them,help them!

  11. CZenda says:

    I guess that for the basic means of living, one can do with adobe in the dry climate. A roll of bitumenic cardboard should be enough to insulate the adobe wall from the earth moisture. It will not survive for ages, but it is cheap and fast to build.

  12. Yojimbo says:

    I wonder if some US program did not help them set this up I notice that all the men are wearing old US issue combat boots which could easily have been given to them by American troops also the Spade emblem is very common in Western military units some I am guessing they either got some inspiration from American units or some aid a common issue in Afghanistan is villagers having no source of income not controlled by village elders so there are programs with the goal of giving rural Afghans some source of work that they can rely on that gives them independence.

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