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!