Labour Children

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An estimated 150 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour

Children around the world are routinely engaged in paid and unpaid forms of work that are not harmful to them. However, they are classified as child labourers when they are either too young to work or are involved in hazardous activities that may compromise their physical, mental, social or educational development. The prevalence of child labour is highest in sub-Saharan Africa. In the least developed countries, nearly one in four children (ages 5 to 14) are engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development.

The issue of child labour is guided by three main international conventions: the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 138 concerning minimum age for admission to employment and Recommendation No. 146 (1973); ILO Convention No. 182 concerning the prohibition and immediate action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour and Recommendation No. 190 (1999); and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These conventions frame the concept of child labour and form the basis for child labour legislation enacted by countries that are signatories.

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Source: Unicef

Mafia Kid and His Chicken

IMG_6992He calls himself ”mafia” that’s why i call him like that. He is really nice guy, he came to me and said ”look, it’s my chicken” Iwas like ”what? chicken? How? It’s a sparrow.” Then he said ”ok, if you say so.” then I took his photo with his sparrow. And some informations about him. He is a turkish boy from Adana. Lives in Istanbul. Works for recycling, collecting especially plastic bottles and sells it. Makes about 20 US dollars for day. He tries to go to school but he is not so good at it. He is very though guy. He can be a little bit aggressive but he is a nice guy in general.

Emir, The Romani Boy


Emir is a romani kid living in Istanbul. He loves spider-man. He had a spider-man shirt when I took that picture. Emir is a labour child. All day working in streets, collecting bottles and papers and sell them at the end of the day. He is unfortunately important part of recycling in Istanbul. Emir and Emirs. His name means ”An order”. Perhaps his parents were scared of the possibility that he could be uncontrolable.. Emir has a big dream. Buying a Playstation 2. I know, Playstation 2 is a very old device. But it’s his dream. Emir was 9 years old when I took that picture. It was 3 years ago. Emir wasn’t a student. Most of us ignore Emir. We ignore him while we see him on street, carrying tens of kilos of garbage car, sweaty in summer, trying to collect money to buy hisself a bread. Because he is not one of us.

Do you see those kind of children where You live? What’s your reaction then? How do you think we should help them? What’s the best? Please tell me your opinions.

Gangster Life

IMG_28f81 It’s been perhaps 2 years I have taken this photo. I frankly don’t remember his name. He is a gypsy from Adana, Turkey. He and his family moved to Istanbul to catch a dream. He has a huge handcar for collecting papers. He all days collects papers and end of the day, he sells them. Working all day, he gets 15-20 Turkish Liras, which is about 6-7 Euros. I don’t remember his name. Nobody remembers his name. Everybody ignores him, ignores his name. People look at him and ignores him. Because he is a gypsy.

Wrong Neighborhood

_MG_0296It’s a joke of course. It’s a gypsy neighborhood in Istanbul. I met those kids years ago. Every summer I go and visit them. This guy has a golden heart. Some of them were pure when they were child, now unfortunately they are into bad things. Drugs, stealing, etc. But to be honest, they don’t have so many other option. They are ignored by society. Nobody gives them job, lots of them tries to work on street, sell anything, we people, we who live in a big fishbowl, don’t even turn our heads to them.

Turkish Wizard Kid


I’ve met this kid in Istanbul, in gypsy town. As he says, he is not a gypsy but wizard. He works for his parents. He collects plastic bottles and papers in garbage, and sell them for recycling. He is about 8-9 years old, unfortunately he doesn’t know his own age. He doesn’t go to school.