Let the Children Play: A Story in Pictures

The two brothers are plowing the terrace early in the morning. After they are done with plowing they will take the animals to pasture land. “When they go to school, who will work in the farm,” says the father.
The two brothers are plowing the terrace early in the morning. After they are done with plowing they will take the animals to pasture land. “When they go to school, who will work in the farm,” says the father. | Source
A young girl walks with a load of paddy on her back and slippers on her hand. “Why are you not wearing slippers,” I asked. “I’m getting late for school and I find bothersome to walk in slippers,” she said.
A young girl walks with a load of paddy on her back and slippers on her hand. “Why are you not wearing slippers,” I asked. “I’m getting late for school and I find bothersome to walk in slippers,” she said. | Source
This ten year old boy is hanging precariously in a public vehicle, in which he works as a helper.
This ten year old boy is hanging precariously in a public vehicle, in which he works as a helper. | Source


Child Laborer

United Nations figure shows that Nepal under-performs in education and children rights among many others development indicators. Nepal may have signed many protocols regarding children’s rights, but child abuse is just as prevalent. It is not uncommon in Nepal to spot a child as young as six years working in hazardous conditions such as public vehicle, restaurants, brick factory, carpet factory etc. Though Nepal Government terms illegal to employ children under the age of 16, we can see children washing dishes and waiting at the tables in the canteen of Ministry of Women and Children. (Unfortunately I could not photograph this 10-years-old boy).

In the past, it was said that People's Liberation Army (The militant outfit of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist) would consist of 30 per cent children. Thanks to the voices raised against the recruitment of child soldiers, people under the age of 18 years were not registered as the militia by United Mission in Nepal.

Though child laborer are seen everywhere in Nepal, child laborers are just rampant in the rural areas where they work in the farm dawn to dusk. Young boys and girls are seen plowing terrace, doing with dishes and carrying heavy loads. It is because of poverty that these kids have to work.

Since many years, Nepal government, in tandem with Save the Children, has been working to alleviate wretched conditions of children.

Child Laborers

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Little Girl

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The Little Girl

In the farm yard husband and wife were threshing rice. It was a season of rice harvest and farmers were on the trot. For a while I watched their hard toil then suddenly saw their daughter standing. She was nagging. “What is she saying,” I asked the mother.

“She is hungry,” the mother answered.

Though I had nothing to offer to the little girl I decided to make her smile. “I will take your pictures,” I said. She did not answer. When I was setting my camera the girl hid her face. “Show your face and make yourself beautiful,” the father said.

The girl was cutting paddy stalks, however when she spotted me setting my camera, she stood to give a beautiful pose.
The girl was cutting paddy stalks, however when she spotted me setting my camera, she stood to give a beautiful pose. | Source
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My Nephew

The children were scared of me because I was never friendly with them. In fact, I made faces to scare kids. I enjoyed when mother spelled my name to make their children eat. But when my sister had a baby, I changed for better reasons. Every day the baby grew older and he became very fond of me. I also started spending more time with the children in my locality. I began to observe the behavioral patterns of children in general and my nephew in particular. I was always interested in psychology but my interests became more specific and I began reading about child psychology and lots of books on raising kids.

I shot these pictures with my cell phone camera. After I was done with shooting, my one year old nephew wanted my cell phone. I had to relent when he began to cry. When I handed my Samsung, he threw on the floor and laughed. Now I use old Nokia that was lying discarded in my drawer. I’ll always cherish these pictures and the incident.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Angel,

Even though law protects children in our country, children go to work because if poverty.

I agree with your view!


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Angelme566 4 years ago

This is a sad reality , child labor. In our country there is a law protecting minors . They can not work until reaching the legal age. My heart cries for this , yes let the children play and go to a prestigious school.children deserve all the best in this world. Beautiful school , clothes and decent home.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

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Regards


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

A beautiful story that should be shared!!! Your nephew is absolutely adorable!!! Loved this!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

What a powerful story! When I saw the title on facebook, I thought I was coming to an article where I would see children laughing, skipping and having fun ... but alas ... reality hit me square in the face. The plight of these children is indeed sad. And I feel sorry for the parents also who must be pained that they are not able to provide for the children's needs. Very nicely done.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Lisa, good to see you, my dear fellow Triond writer. Thanks for coming here to comment on my photo essay from RedGage. I appreciate your inputs.

Cheers


Lisa Marie Mottert 4 years ago

Very sad, hearbreaking...at the same time, heartfelt.

Vinaya, you did a great job showing us what goes on in other parts of the world. Well written article and poignant photos.

These precious children (in your photos) brought tears to my eyes:( I think of some children in the States, that complain,(yet most have more) and wonder, why do they complain?

Heartwarming...about your nephew. Thanks, for sharing this article!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

So very sad. Just heartbreaking! However, children living in harsh and wretched conditions, burden with responsibilities that makes them reach maturity far too quickly in life, is very common in our word. Vinaya - Your powerful photos are as fascinating as always. Thank you for sharing!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Vinaya, you are a fantastic photographer. I wish the pictures of these beautiful children could be in a park or playground. Thanks for the awareness you bring to the heartbreaking topic of child labor that still exists. Truly a touching hub. Thank you.


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nenytridiana 4 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

The landscapes and scenes is like my country. I like those pictures. Thank you.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

These are touching stories Vinaya! And your nephew is a cutie!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Sueswan, I feel sad when I see children burdened with work. But I'm happy now that I have successfully made their plight heard.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Vinaya

Your pictures are beautiful and poignant. The little girl looks so sad.

It is a shame that these children have to to live this way and are burden with such responsibilties. They have nothing to look forward to except more of the same.

Voted up up and away!


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rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Thanks Vinaya.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

@rlaha, I recommend you because I have found your works very interesting.

@Beata, thanks for you encouraging comment.

@Flora, my parents, siblings and friends think I'm the most rude person they have ever seen. LOL


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

These are beautiful, Vinaya. I'm surprised to hear you ever wanted to scare children. As for your underlying theme, everyone has already said what I wanted to say.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Dear Vinaya, I had to come back and leave the comment after reading your sad story, it carries such an important message: 'one of the stories that had to be written'...voted up and useful and beautiful:)...thank you for sharing:)


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rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Thank you Vinaya for recommending my pages! I hope I can help others to get some insight and help them to become better writers!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

@Radhapriestess, in your words I can feel Radha's divine love.

@Happyboomernurse, I wanted to balance this hub with sadness and happiness. My nephew is a privileged child but children in my country are underprivileged. Thanks for interpreting the photos. I really like that. I wish your words come true.

@Debby, my writing instructor said to me, if you don't tell your stories who is going to tell. On hubpages I'm showing bright and dark part of my world. Thanks for your compliment.

@always exploring, child labor is a sad story but I wanted to show some happy children, my nephew for example. Thanks for your compliments.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Although your pictures are beautiful, your story is sad. Child labor should be a crime in every part of the world. Your Nephew is adorable.. Thank you.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello Vinaya ~ With appreciation for sharing your passion of art, poetry, photography and documenting the life and suffering of others you see around you. By telling this story others will know about how young children must work under harsh conditions and touch the life of someone who has the capacity to take action and improve the situation. Blessings to you, Debby


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Oh my, this was so powerful. What a sad tale your photos tell of the child labor that goes on in your country. And still you managed to elicit/find a beautiful smile on a little girl tucked in between the tall grass while her little friend looked downward. One can see, from the flirty smile on the girl's face that she is quite taken with the camera man!

Your nephew looks well loved, well dressed and well supplied with toys and books! How wonderful to learn that he has sparked a keen interest in you about child psychology and the plight of many children in your country.

I agree with Makusr: This hub does look like it has photos worthy of being in National Geographic! Keep up the great work. There seems to be something about children that brings out a whole new level of creativity and feeling in you.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


radhapriestess 5 years ago

This is your best ever. It has an investative element to it, which is great. BBC and National Public Radio do shows on these types of things. You should connect with them. You might be able to get some of your stories and photos out there to people.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Cardisa, child labor is a sad reality in Nepal and I believe, in South Asia, China and even in Africa. Thanks for sharing your story.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Vinaya, this hurts my heart to see children losing out on their childhood. I feel so helpless not being able to do something. I am very particular about kids as I cannot bear children but they will have a special place in my heart.

Now this hub just makes me cry.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Frank, a British friend of mine had reviewed my work as "life in a farm" so I thought in is okay. But I think on is better and I just corrected it. Anyways, English is my second language and if you find any errors just write to me, I will be happy.

Thanks for your suggestion.

I appreciate your comments on my hubs.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

I have to admit your photos stir emotions.. and most of these are kind of sad.. but beautiful at the same time.. I know a contridication.. but nevertheless a truth.. And I meant to say about your other hub shouldn't it be a Life on a Farm in Nepal not in a farm.. I dunno that bothered me for a few days.. perfection should stay perfect is why it bothered me Frank


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Eiddwen, you have been so kind to read and comment on my hubs these days. Thanks for your time.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

They are ideed sad but true.

The quality of the photos are remarkable.

Take care ad have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Bernard, I read your profile and I felt thrilled that a poet like you is following me. Thanks for PRECIOUS CHILDREN. I just loved it.


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sunkentreasure 5 years ago

PRECIOUS CHILDREN By BERNARD LEVINE

Bless your children with the power of prayer

Celebrate their uniqueness

Feed them encouragement and inspiration

and let them feel they are greatly loved.

Teach your children the beauty of kindness

Enrich them with the wonders of nature

Fill their hearts with joyful melody

and always be their friend.

Clothe your children in goodness

Make their world full of nice surprises

Help them to follow their dreams

and thank God they came into your life.

© Bernard Levine


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

Dear Maria,

I wanted to show the wretched conditions of the poor children in Nepal. But as the title suggested I ended with little bit of happiness (my nephew's pictures) Thanks for your compliment. I'm blessed with your presence.

Cheers


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Vinaya,

While I was attracted to the title for a smile, I was heartbroken to see the conditions that these beautiful children endure on a daily basis. When kids cannot be kids... you have captured the face of sadness and maturity with your master eye.

I must conclude in saying that I suspect you are the finest (non-scary) Uncle in the land! Your family is gorgeous- Voted UP & UABI, mar.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful photos Vinaya but they tell such a sad story. These little children are losing out on childhood. It is a shame that poverty exists and creates child labour.

I am pleased your nephew changed your attitude towards children.

A good hub and a matter that does need attention


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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

You have selected a good issue which is to be noted seriously. In India also there are children appointed in fire works, match factory etc. But the strict rules of Indian Govt. have some good impact on this issue. Thanks for your sharing.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This writing and the photographs are bittersweet Vinaya. The children's faces are so precious. It hurts to see them with so much responsibility at a tender age. You truly could be a photojournalist.


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Vinaya, I give you a new epithet. 'Thinking Photographer'. Your photos are not just photos. They tell a story. They talk about issues. They attract our attention towards the problems. You know my friend. Your photos are worth being published in National Geographic. Keep the good work going.

With warm wishes,

MAKUSR


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rlaha 5 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

It's really sad that child labor still exists in this world. I have seen it in India as well. Hopefully governments will realize the importance of education for people of all classes and help them to get some kind of education.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal Author

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Thanks for your compliments.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Heart breaking and beautiful Vinaya Ghimire. Regards, snakeslane


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Nurfninja 5 years ago from Earth

Beautiful photos!!!

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