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The Lives We Live

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by stevemccurry

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore

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Maimana, Afghanistan

Since the beginning of time, doors have
symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.

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Varanasi, India

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Morocco

The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage
from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.
Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion.

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Kashmir

The Door
Too little has been said
Of the door,
its one face turned to the night’s
Downpour
and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

For doors are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said of our
coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

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India

CAMBODIA-10002

Cambodia

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Tibet

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

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West Kabul, Afghanistan

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India

USA-10256

Los Angeles, United States

The door swings open:
O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confine yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

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Bombay/Mumbai, India

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

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Macedonia

The Door

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden, or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye, or the picture of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

At least there’ll be a draught.
- Miroslav Holub
translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

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Yemen

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Vietnam

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and
comfort – the opening, terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing -
the opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- Andy Rooney

Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by stevemccurry
 
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Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Bylakuppe, India
 
 
 
 
  TIBET-10849
Tibet
 
 
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it.
– Herodotus

 

TIBET-10799 Lhasa, Tibet

 

The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden.
Heaven is a playground.

G . K. Chesterton

 
 
 
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Gubbio, Italy
 
 

 

BURMA-10057Burma/Myanmar

 

You can discover more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation.
– Plato

JAPAN-10027Tokyo, Japan

 

 ITALY-10288NF8Spoleto, Italy

 


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Mumbai, India

 

 INDIA-10005NF4Rajasthan, India

 

Play is a uniquely adaptive act,
not subordinate to some other adaptive
act, but with a special function of its own
in human experience.
– Johan Huizinga


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Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan

AFGHN-12126NF3  Wrestling Match, Kahan, Afghanistan

 

USA-10214 Los Angeles, California

Games lubricate the body and the mind.
-Benjamin Franklin

 

CANADA-10001Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber

AFGHN-10100Kabul, Afghanistan

 

  BANGLADESH-10010Bangladesh

 

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the
seriousness of a child at play.
– Heraclitus

INDIA-10490NFMumbai, India

 

CHINA-10038NF3 China

It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use,
from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
– Thomas Aquinas

  AFGHN-12262Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 

 

BURMA-10206Myanmar/Burma

 

 

INDIA-10836Rajasthan, India

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Fusion: The Synergy of Images and Words

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2011 by stevemccurry

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Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, Rangoon, Myanmar/Burma

 Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old,
rich and poor, reading books.
Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular,
they are, for a time, transported to  another world.

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Myanmar/Burma

Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press which enabled
everyone access to books, artists have tried to portray the relationship of readers and books.

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Myanmar/Burma

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of
reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to  Picasso and Cassatt
and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

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Shanghai, China

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Rome, Italy

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Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

  We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Reading a good book is a universal activity,
and people read while they do just about everything else.

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Afghan soldier takes cover from bombardment at Kandahar Airport

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
formerly Victoria Terminus, Mumbai/Bombay, India

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Ujjian, India

We read to know we are not alone.
- C.S. Lewis

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Havana, Cuba

FRANCE-10068, Lourdes, 10/1989,

Lourdes, France

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Washington Square Park, New York

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Venice, Italy

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Rome, Italy

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

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Istanbul, Turkey

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
- Emily Dickinson

E X H I B I T I O N S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 –Extended to October 15, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011
OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – December 14, 2011
LAURA RATHE FINE ART
Houston, TX
September 17 – October 15, 2011
MACRO
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – April 29, 2012

Open and Closed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by stevemccurry

VIETNAM-10019Vietnam

Since the beginning of time, doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.  The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis.  Closed doors represent rejection and exclusion. 

KASHMIR-10076Kashmir

The Door
Too little
has been said
Of the door, its one
Face turned to the night’s
Downpour and its other
To the shift and glisten of firelight.

AFGHN-12927NF4 Bamiyan, Afghanistan 

For doors
Are both frame and monument
To our spent time,
And too little
Has been said
Of our coming through and leaving by them.
- Charles Tomlinson

INDIA-10412 India

CAMBODIA-10002 Cambodia

TIBET-10927Tibet

AFGHN-10235Kabul, Afghanistan

BURMA-10005Mingun Pagoda, near Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar

INDIA-10221Porbandar, India

AFGHN-12648 West Kabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10556India

USA-10256Los Angeles, United States

 The door swings open:

O god of hinges,
god of long voyages,
you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
- Margaret Atwood

AFGHN-12467NF Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13116NF Bamiyan, Afghanistan

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.
- Emily Dickinson

INDIA-11038NFBombay/Mumbai, India

AFGHN-10156Kabul, Afghanistan

BANGLADESH-10020 Dhaka, Bangladesh

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort – the opening terror.
Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing.
The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
- A. Rooney
CAMBODIA-10145 Monastery at Rolous, Cambodia

YUGOSLAVIA-10055Macedonia

Unpublished, Unseen 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by stevemccurry
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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

Over the past thirty years, I have taken nearly a million pictures.   Many of them have been published in my books, in magazines, and seen in my exhibitions, but a majority have never been seen.  Here are a few of those unseen pictures.

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Myanmar/Burma, 2011

  

_SM12394, Burma/Myanmar, 02/2011, BURMA-10273

Burma, 2011

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011

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Tokyo, Japan, 2008

 

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Day of Ashura, Afghanistan

 

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France, 1989

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Madrid, 1995

 

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Rajasthan, India, 2010

  

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Myanmar/Burma, 2011

BURMA-10301

Myanmar/Burma

 

INDIA-11051

Mumbai/Bombay, 2011

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India

 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Myanmar/Burma

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India

Over the years I’ve come to see  that all of us are basically the same.  There are many more similarities that bind us than differences that separate us.

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Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

 

Brothers and Sisters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by stevemccurry

The relationship between and among siblings has been the subject of literature for millennia.  From Old Testament stories of Cain and Abel to Shakespeare’s plays, modern novels, folktales, proverbs, and poems, the topic of  brothers and sisters has been a universal theme, relevant because most people on the planet have siblings.

 

 

TIBET-10100NF3Amdo, Tibet

Van Dyck, Ruebens, Hals, Van Gogh and hundreds of other artists have painted portraits of young siblings, but the subjects were mainly children of affluent families.  The siblings I photograph are often poor children in third world countries who have to stick together to survive poverty, wars, abuse, and deprivation.

CAMBODIA-10200Cambodia

 

 

 

 

UZBEKISTAN-10003Samarkand, Uzbekistan

 

 

MOROCCO-10056NFMorocco

 

 

USA-10283Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

INDONESIA-10002NF2Indonesia

 

 

 

INDIA-11210India

 

 

 

PHILIPPINES-10070Philippines

 

 

 

HONDURAS-10003Honduras

 

 

 

AFGHN-12081Afghanistan

 

 

 

INDIA-10727India

 

 

 

AFGHN-13010Kabul, Afghanistan

 

 

 

INDIA-10891NFMizoram, India

 

 

INDIA-11137Bombay, India

 

 

BHUTAN-10023Bhutan

  

AFGHN-13198Afghanistan

 

 

“Sibling relationships …  flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.”  ~ Erica E. Goode, The Secret World of Siblings

 

 

My siblings

Nature’s Great Masterpiece

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by stevemccurry

The relationship between elephants and people goes back millennia. Elephants have been an integral part of history, religion, art,  and culture in many parts of Asia.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

“Th’ unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, us’d all his might, and wreathed. His lithe proboscis.”
-John Milton, Paradise Lost

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

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Kerala, India

 

Elephants have been important in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God, is worshipped as the lord of success, education,  knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

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Mumbai, India

 

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Angkor Thom, Cambodia

 

John Kistler’s book, War Elephants,  pointed out that for over a thousand years, generals used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Elephants built roads, swung swords, and terrified opposing forces.

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Burma/Myanmar

 

BURMA-10221NF, Myanmar (Burma), 07/1994

Burma/Myanmar

 

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Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

Aristotle called the elephant  “the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind.”

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India

 

“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant – the only harmless great thing.”

-John Donne (English poet, 1572-1631)

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Calcutta, India

 

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Varanasi, India

 

A Third of Our Lives

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Calcutta, India

 

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Tonle Sap, Cambodia

 

Recently, I have been reviewing the pictures in my archive for a new book project.    I have been looking for activities that are shared by people in every culture and tradition. My blog on reading generated over 25,000 views, and it has been great to read many comments from people who are passionate about reading and literature, and the impact that they have on our lives. I discovered that I have a very large collection of people who are in some form of sleep.  It may be a nap or a snooze, a siesta or a deep slumber, but it is something we all need, but something many of us don’t get enough of.

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Angkor, Cambodia

 

We sleep as much as a third of our lives, so it is clear that we are actually doing some important “work” during that time.  From consolidating memory and learning,  to repair of our bodies, sleep isn’t so much a luxury as a necessity.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

For Shakespeare, sleep was the balm of hurt minds.  He wrote in Macbeth:

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”

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Bombay, India

 

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Beijing, China

 

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Paris, France

 

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Outside Jalalabad, Afghanistan

 

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

 

“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!   It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot.  It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even. “
-Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

Born Unequal – India’s Dalits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Dalits sweeping the streets, Bombay, India, 1996

The life of the Untouchables or Dalits (the oppressed)  as they preferred to be called, is to live in grinding poverty and violence, especially in the rural areas of India.

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Dalit Buddhists worship in front of a banner of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar a main architect of the Indian Constitution promoter of Buddhism amongst the Dalits. 1993

Dr. Ambedkar won a scholarship from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics, at a time when few Dalits could read or write. When he returned to India, he was shocked to realize that he was still considered Untouchable, and devoted the rest of his life to advocate for Dalits.

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Man working in Sewer, India, 1996

“The Dalits may live in the world’s largest democracy, but their lives are shaped by a system of sanctified apartheid.” Carla Power

India, Bombay, 1993

Bombay, 1993

Discrimination based on caste has been illegal since 1947, but little has changed for the Dalits, especially in the rural areas.

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Bombay, 1993

Against all odds, some Dalits have been able to rise to prominence.  Among them are K.R. Narayanan, president from 1997  to 2002.  A Dalit woman, Mayawati, is the current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.  She heads her own  political party, the BSP.

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Anand, Gujarat, India, 1996

Meira Kumar, a Dalit woman,  was elected unanimously as the first woman Speaker in the lower house of Parliament, where she will preside over 543 elected members.  She is a lawyer and diplomat and was elected to the parliament a total of five times while having served as a cabinet minister at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2004-2009.

Meira Kumar

Meira Kumar Photo courtesy: Sipra Das/India Today 

As India takes her place amongst the world’s superpowers, there are many indications that this centuries-old oppression will start to change as education becomes more available, and as globalization changes the economic landscape of India.

Children at Work

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by stevemccurry

In developing countries one in six children from 5 to 14 years old is involved in child labor.

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Nepal, 1983

In the least developed countries, 30 percent of all children are engaged in child labor.

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Boy working in candy factory, Kabul, 2006

Worldwide, 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.

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An eleven-year-old boy working in gold mine, Mindinao, Philippines, 1985

An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative work in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work.

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Tibetan Girl, 2002

 

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Children work in an opium field in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. 1982

The highest proportion of child laborers is in sub-Saharan Africa, where 26 percent of children (49 million) are involved in work.

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Niger, 1995

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Boy sells flowers in busy road, India 1993

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Young Welder, Bombay, India, 1994

“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,  and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” -  Grace Abbott

Sources: http://www.unicef.org, http://www.ilo.org, www.crin.org

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