Beyond Human Boundaries

1The Children Working On Indian Coal Mines

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8 sep. 2016

Rat Hole Minors (2014): In the coal mines of India, tens of thousands of children are forced to work in “rat holes”, tiny pits too small for adults to reach. Why are the authorities turning a blind eye to this lethal and illegal practice?
For similar stories, see:
The Children Risking Their Lives In Underwater Gold Mines…
Investigating BHP’s $5bn Mining Disaster In Brazil…
Sulphur Mining – Indonesia…

We cannot look away.

It’s the reality. 

Is it too much to ask to see
the extremely difficult living conditions
of a child who has to work to eat?

Children, about 12 years old can dream
of a future as they go to school…
becoming a doctor or a pilot is their answer
to what they want to be.

Witnessing the whole affair,
a new world opening up for those children,
is hard to watch without being moved to tears.

It’s heart-wrenching, appalling,

or even devastating to think about children as young as 12 being

subjected to such conditions in the mines in India.

They are the breadwinners for their families.

2 Where Children Must Work – Tropic Of Cancer – Episode 5 Preview – BBC Two

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15 apr 2010 #bbc

Simon Reeve meets 10-year-old Jahangir, who works in a sweltering glass factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for less than 50p a day. There are more than three million child labourers in Bangladesh, and because more than 80 per cent of Bangladeshis live on around £1 a day, families would go hungry without the money children earn.

Charities and NGOs in Bangladesh now realise they cannot always prevent children from working. But Simon visits one of thousands of centres opened by UNICEF for child labourers to attend before and after their work shifts, so they can secure an education, friendship and a future.
Simon’s epic trip around the Tropic of Cancer takes him through 18 countries on the northern edge of Earths tropical zone. Starting in Mexico he travels east through the glorious Caribbean, to a stunning desert oasis in North Africa, across India and Asia, and on a dangerous, covert incursion into the remote hills of western Burma.

3 How the Chocolate Industry Still Profits from Child Labor | ENDEVR Documentary

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How the Chocolate Industry Still Profits from Child Labor | Business documentary from 2019 

In 2001, the lucrative chocolate industry, due to pressure from NGOs, committed itself to putting an end to child labor in cacao plantations before 2006. But has that promise been kept? The Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cacao producer, made a real effort to eradicate this scourge in the country. They built schools and trained farmers. Television adverts even reminded populations that child labor is illegal. But further into isolated areas of the forest, at the end of near-impassable roads, Paul Moreira discovered child slaves, forced to work in plantations, their incomes often seized by traffickers. These child slaves are separated from their parents and sometimes resold to other traffickers.

4 Child Labor Robs Children of Their Future

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7 jan 2022

Education is the first casualty of war. In Yemen, the number of out-of-school children has doubled since armed conflict escalated in 2015, leaving more than 2 million school-age children out of the classroom, jeopardizing their futures.

In the city of Taizz, in Yemen’s southwest, 12-year-old Anas’s childhood effectively ended the day his father died. That’s when he became his family’s sole breadwinner. Working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in an iron workshop leaves little time for studying, so Anas was forced to drop out of school. But he is determined that his brothers continue their educations.

“I stopped studying because there is no one to support my family,” he says. “I made my four brothers study … so that they graduate from universities and get jobs.”

UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen, working with partners to protect children like Anas and his brothers, so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In 2021, UNICEF reached 50,000 households with multipurpose humanitarian cash transfers, helped 500,000 children access formal or nonformal education and provided 800,000 children with individual learning materials. .

“Access to quality education is a basic right for every child, including for girls, displaced children and those with disabilities,” said Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen. “The conflict has a staggering impact on every aspect of children’s lives, yet access to education provides a sense of normalcy for children in even the most desperate contexts and protects them from multiple forms of exploitation. Keeping children in school is critical for their own future and the future of Yemen.”

5 HORRIFIC Child Labor Practices In Dangerous Meatpacking Facility

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24 feb 2023

NBC News Reporter Julia Ainsley reports on accusation of PSSI using child migrant labor in Nebraska meatpacking plant.

6 The Young Indian Labourers Losing Their Childhood Facility

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6 Deadly Cambodian Slums | Beyond Human Boundaries | TRACKS

28 nov. 2019

In the Cambodian slums, one man must scavenge for food, collect trash, and risk it all to survive. With no experience of living in conditions like this, in a matter of moments, his world is flipped upside down.
Beyond Human Boundaries tells the story of Arman Alizad, an ordinary man, who travels with his cameraman to eight countries trying to get into a community, group, tribe or environment for 10 days. This is not only a show of endurance but an emotional story about people who live in some of our planet’s most unforgiving conditions.

7 India’s Child Miners: Growing Up, Underground

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8 sep. 2016

Rat Hole Minors (2014): In the coal mines of India, tens of thousands of children are forced to work in “rat holes”, tiny pits too small for adults to reach. Why are the authorities turning a blind eye to this lethal and illegal practice?
For similar stories, see:
The Children Risking Their Lives In Underwater Gold Mines…
Investigating BHP’s $5bn Mining Disaster In Brazil…
Sulphur Mining – Indonesia…

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8 Bangladesh 🇧🇩 | Too young to work | 101 East

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31 mrt. 2011

Too young to work

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world.

To support their families, millions of children are employed to work, many of them in hazardous conditions.

Last year, the government came up with an ambitious plan to stop all children under 14 working by 2015. It is a staggering task, as poor families have relied on child labour for generations.

Previous efforts to stop child labour have backfired. When the US introduced the Child Labor Deterrence Act in 1993, an estimated 50,000 Bangladeshi children lost their garment industry jobs overnight, leaving many to resort to more hazardous and exploitative jobs such as stone-crushing, street hustling and prostitution.

But social commentators claim that there are cultural reasons for widespread child labour in Bangladesh – including the belief it will train young people for work as adults and stop them becoming involved in crime.

On this edition of 101 East, we look at how Bangladesh is tackling the issue of child labour.

“Too young to work” won the Best Short Documentary Award in the prestigious biannual international Gold Panda Awards in China.

9 Along The Ganges: India’s Holy River Cities | Full Documentary | TRACKS

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26 dec. 2021

Along The Ganges: India’s Holy River Cities | Full Documentary
Allahabad hosts the largest religious gathering on the planet at the confluence of its sacred rivers. Art joins nearly 20 million pilgrims for a dip in the Ganges and captures images of Hindu holy men who have renounced all worldly pursuits. Downstream, in ancient Varanasi, the sacred and the ordinary meet in a swirl of colour, fire and ritual. Art
Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge takes a look at some of the world’s most distant locations. Explore breathtaking glaciers, spectacular deserts, vibrant jungles, and majestic mountain peaks.
Arman goes to the city of Varanasi – India’s holiest city. There he deep dives into Indian culture and spirituality, spending time with the Aghoris to learn about their holy burial rituals that seem so extreme to westerners.

10 India – A daily struggle for clean water

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9 jul. 2012
India’s capital is dealing with a serious water crises. CNN’s Sara Sidner reports.


13 mrt. 2017

More films about India:
It’s surprising how long we can live without food, but without water, survival is impossible, that’s why it’s the most precious of our natural resources. Now though, only 1% of the world reserves are safely drinkable. Yet, we consistently fail to see or treat water as the life-giving treasure that it really is. Supplies are being contaminated with industrial and biological waste, aggravating a water crisis that is already crippling countries in every continent. Even India, which has tended to treat its waters with respect and awe, famously worshipping the River Ganges, has a cautionary tale to tell.

Hindu people believe that if their sacred Ganges should ever be lost, the Universe would disappear too. Locals who have lived and worked on the river since childhood confirm that water quality has deteriorated dramatically over the years. For generations it has been the local custom to cremate the deceased and scatter their ashes on the river. However, many poor people can’t even afford firewood, they often resort to water burials in the river without burning, inevitably, this causes even more pollution. As serious as the health risks are, that is just a small part of the Ganges’ wider pollution problems. Two other major factors are contributing to the river’s toxic decline; raw sewage flows directly into the once sacred water and factories dump huge quantities of chemical waste.

The proper disposal of human waste is a pressing issue in India with proper toilets a rarity in rural areas. Many millions of villagers never even consider installing a regular toilet, held back either by poverty or blind acceptance of the status quo. Defecating in streets and fields is unsanitary and leads to the faecal contamination of ground water and so, waterborne diseases are commonplace. The government is attempting to address the problem with financial support and education initiatives for villagers.

Progress is slow though; there are already places in India where local water reserves are now unfit for human consumption, or even for agriculture. Kolkata for example, on the Ganges Delta, has an abundance of water but the city has to depend on freshwater deliveries because its own supplies are so contaminated, they can’t even be used for laundry let alone drinking.

11 Access to clean drinking water a challenge for India | DW News Asia

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19 aug. 2021
The United Nations recognizes access to safe, sufficient and affordable water as a universal human right. Much of India still lacks access to safe drinking water. Charities at the local level work to provide access, while the national government has made big promises.

12 Long way from home: Asian workers in the Middle East | 101 East

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The ‘Arab Spring’ led hundreds of thousands of Asian migrant workers to flee the region.

Today, some remain stranded, while others are just starting to return.

The uprisings sweeping through the Middle East has attracted attention across the world.

The rise and fall of dictators and the ongoing challenges for these countries dominate the news discourse.

But very little is known about the Asian migrant workers who have been inadvertently caught up in the fighting.

The Libyan uprising triggered the flight of hundreds of thousands of Asian labourers. Some, however, were forced to stay in the war-torn country.

101 East reports on the migrant workers stranded in the Middle East in Long Way From Home.

13 Precarious Labour in Stone quarries in India

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5 sep 2017
This short documentary is based on my Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project, ‘Beyond the Resource Curse’ that engaged with quarry workers in a number of areas in India. This video gives an idea of the dangerous, difficult and poorly paid work that they do in the black stone quarries in Eastern India.

14 Surviving The Streets Of Africa | Life In The Slums (Poverty Documentary) | TRACKS

25 mrt. 2021

All his life Bernard has lived in one of Africa’s biggest slums. When he turned 17 he had to leave his home due to overcrowding in his family. Many children, often younger than Bernard, face the same issue. To protect themselves on the streets and to avoid loneliness the children and teenagers form gangs.
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15 How Albania Became Europe’s Rubbish Tip


8 aug. 2016

Land of Waste (2014): Albania is slowly sinking under the weight of Europe’s waste. This report investigates an industry of waste that is both necessary for survival, yet a threat for many Albanians. For how long can it continue?

“For us, the Roma, it is our only work, because nobody will hire us”, says Renato, a scavenger earning half the average national wage. In the “dustbin of Europe”, countries such as Serbia, Slovenia and Russia dump their scrap in vast quantities. Yet Albania’s infrastructure is insufficient for dealing with this often toxic waste. Despite efforts to restrict imports, waste continues to enter under the guise of “raw material”. In towns such as Elbasan, home to a large metallurgical plant, the poor control on the industry is beginning to destroy the health of its workers. As one doctor describes, “On one hand, the community has been here for a long time, and needs work. But on the other, it cannot afford the sacrifice”.

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16 Child Labor || Spoken Word Poetry

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This is a poem written by Ronnell Beaty called: “(Child Labor)” from his poetry book called: “(It Is What It Is: Because It Never Was, And What Never Was, Can Never Be)”…

17 Blind Man Hits Man In Balls With Cane

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9 mei 2011

Clumsy blind man keeps hitting people passing by with his cane as he tries to point things out, to the dismay of Good Samaritans who don’t know what to do. He even smacks one woman on the butt, and hits another guy right where it hurts – in the balls/groin!
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