Photojournalism - Professional

Child Labor - Living by the Railroad Track

Larry Louie
Canada

Nominee

"Child Labor - Living by the Railroad Track"
In recent years, the prevalence of child labor has become a serious problem in many poor developing countries. Bangladesh, being one of the poorest and one of the most densely populated countries in the world; the problem of child labor is huge. It is estimated that there are 4.9 million working children between the ages of 5-15 in Bangladesh. That is 13.4% of the total work force in the country. Most of these children have no other options. Some are orphans growing up on the streets while others are forces to work due the economic hardships of their family. There is not much future for these children growing up and living in poverty and deprivation. Few will ever have the opportunity to an education or to learn skills to ensure a better life for them in the future. But just banning the use of child laborer in industries is not a permanent solution to this problem. In fact, this step is useless if the government and NGO’s do not ensure the economic and social securities of these minors. 40% of the 166 million people in Bangladesh make less than $1 a day and spend 80% of that income on food. With the rising cost of fuel and food prices, more and more children will be forced to work to help support their family and put food on the table.

Biography: About Larry Louie “It takes vision to be a good photographer, to imagine how the world around you will look in a photograph. But it takes another kind of vision to see how you can use what skills and experience you have to help other people. “ (Mark Bentley in his interview with Dr. Larry Louie, Black and White Photography, UK, March 2012). International award winning documentary photographer Dr. Larry Louie leads a dual career. He is an optometrist in Canada but he is also a travel and documentary photographer who has managed to combined his interests to promote the work of different...

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