02 Mar Breaking: boys freed from a brick kiln
This morning at 8am (2.15am GMT) our team in Nepal received a phone call from local police saying that three boys had been spotted in danger at a brick kiln. Our staff moved fast to put a rescue plan together.
They immediately moved into action, and the rescue was carried out with support from local police and municipality representatives.
Brick kilns are dirty and unsafe places where children work for up to 16 hours a day for little or no pay. The work is back-breaking and injuries are frequent. The owner of the kiln tried to stop the rescue, as the boys provided such cheap labour, but our staff would not back down.
The boys, aged 13 and 14, are currently being transferred to our transit home where they can rest, take a shower and receive the medical care they need.
We will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.