It might not be the most daunting one, but the crossing after Darcha continues to be the only one I have witnessed in it's multiple avatars, at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.
We have been doubting quiet some time wether we should share this photo or not. But we have decided we should. Let start some talks!
This photo was taken in Chennai at the beach. At the beach there is a huge fish market and behind there are some huts where the people live (slums?). It is quiet dirty around here, trash everywhere, and let’s say that this part is not the richest part of the city.
On this photo you see a child that is peeling shrimps. The useless bit of the shrimp goes to one bucket, the good part to the other bucket. One shrimp after the other. Child-labour. Fully on. But child-labour for the family, we guess. But still, how old must the child be?
Why was it difficult to post this photo... Well, from one point of view: who the hack are we to share this and interfere in a country that has to solve it’s own problems? By posting this photo we already judge it as well. And who are we to take this photo anyway? On the other hand: it is a also the way it just is and has been going for generations. The child has to work for the family; in the end of the day they need some money.
And where lies the difference between a child helping out his parents with the odd job and child labour?
Difficult. What do you guys think?