A man makes clay bricks on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. I walked down a hillside where I saw this brick factory, and then spoke to a few workers there. This man turned out to be a teacher with a university degree, very cultured and with deep interests in politics and culture. He told me that he had not found work and was happy to at least have that job making bricks. He earned 15 Ugandan shillings for each brick, so he was lucky to earn about 9,000 shellins a day, less than $ 3 USD, after 600 bricks
In this article I am going to show 10 pictures of different people performing a series of “professions of the past”.
With these photos I shows how people struggle to make a living in East Africa. Pictures were all taken between September and December of 2016 in 7 different countries. Some of the people in these pictures are Christian, others are Muslim; women and men; children and adults: all of them have to perform professions nonexistent or in their way to extinction in the developed Western countries. Their income usually goes from 2 to 3 $ USD per day, no matter if they have a wage or if they are self-employed. These low income do not allow them to save or make plans for the future, so they can only focus on the daily struggle for survival. Being able to eat is often more than enough. Unemployment is unreasonably high in East African countries, so any source of income is considered a fortune.
They don’t complain for having such a bad job, they are happy to have one. Their problem is that they have almost no chance to thrive in life. To see these people working so hard for so little benefit is something that changes the perception one may have about Africans. It is common to hear stereotypes saying that Africans are lazy or do not want to work. The people represented in these pictures work much harder than any Westerner I know of: both women and men, of any age, are an admirable example of sacrifice and perseverance.
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