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My name is Camila. I live in Villazón, Bolivia, a town in the border with Argentina
I saw some girls going to school today, I should go too, but the economical situation at home doesn’t allow me to do so
My parents work as “merchandise carriers” for less than a dollar each time they cross the border bridge
Some people say they are like little mules, because they carry heavy stuff on their backs. I feel sad about them... I love my parents so much
Yesterday, my father told me in sorrow that they need my help to carry small objects
I’m going to the bridge tomorrow... I’m afraid of becoming a merchandise carrier too
I hope my parents get a better job so that I can make my dream come true... I just want to go to school.
*Within the Argentinian-Bolivian border, as well as in other borders, many inhabitants cross merchandise from one side to the other for very little money. Children also do this job to help their families endure their daily life. They spend hours under the sunlight, and some of these carriers bear on their backs up to 310 pounds.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) described this kind of work as “dangerous” and as “one of the worst forms of child labour”.
Visit this website to know and inform yourself about the hard time border workers face daily, so that, we can join our voices to spread the word and do something about it. In this way Human Rights will actually belong to everybody.
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