Shoes made in the factory. Photograph: Ahmed Deeb
Friday 6 May 2016 02.00 EDT
Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southernTurkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different parts together with the machine, and his boss looks on approvingly.
“He can make 400 shoes a day,” says the factory manager. “He’s a real man.”
Only he’s not. Aged just 13, Hamza is in fact a child. And so are more than a third of the workers in this sweatshop.
This is no anomaly. According to Unicef, more than half of Turkey’s 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees are children…
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