Last week, while in Gulu Uganda, we needed gravel (aggregate) for our concrete mix. We had rented a truck and our driver took us to the local supplier. The source was a large rock (probably granite) outcrop. All around women, children, and a few men were breaking large chunks of granite into a smaller size appropriate for concrete and other uses. This was accomplished using small metal hammers. The day was an inferno and the humidity was high. Some quarry workers had found a little shade; some just worked in the hot blazing sun.
Conditions at the quarry were terrible. And I’m sure the pay is pathetic. To see children as young as three busting rocks was beyond depressing. The rock busters were paid by the bucket load. There had to be well over 200 individuals doing this backbreaking work, approximately half were children.
Our truck was also filled by hand. With women and children hefting buckets of aggregate into the truck while two ladies kept our load uniformly flat.
I’ve now seen hell, and boy is this world fu@ked up.