From a collection of images at The Guardian. The caption reads:
New Delhi, India: Children in work with their parents (out of shot) on construction of the Jawaharal Nehru stadium at the weekend. The Commonwealth Games are due to be held in India in 2010. The children are under no obligation to work but are paid in bread and milk and receive dinner from the contractor.
This makes my head spin. I immediately remembered a t.v. program Unnamed Partner and I watched recently about young boys working in the coal mines of western Pennsylvania at the turn of the century, and how greatful we were that this doesn’t go on in this country any more.
And what would Jawaharal Nehru say about this? How young are these children? And the most heart-wrenching thought to me: is it better for them to do this and receive milk and bread … than go hungry?