Every year thousands of workers from various states of India, mostly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, come to Kashmir for work. They work as barbers, carpenters, masons, embroidery workers, or in several other skilled fields. Bricks are made in Kashmir, in the outskirts of the capital city Srinagar, where both local and non-local workers do the job together. The brick industry is generally confined to rural and semi-urban areas and generates employment. In Kashmir, the laborers usually work in hard conditions for 12-14 hours a day to reach a target of 1,000 to 1,200 bricks each day, earning between $100 to $140 every month. Imran Shah captures one such brick kiln in South Kashmir’s Budgam district where workers are doing their job.

Making Bricks in Kashmir

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