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Running-up 2007

Luis Sergio Flores Machuca

Millar Ramírez stonecutting to survive


The child stonecutters live in Carabayllo, a poor area of Lima, Peru. Like other children, they play football and run around in their backyards. But only for a short time, because they have to provide money for their homes. They don’t do simple work. At a young age, they use shovels and picks to cut stones and sell them to construction companies. It is hard work.

They don’t even go to school to do this work, which sometimes causes them injuries. To earn seven dollars, they have to fill a truck with stones, which takes three days. When a private company heard about this, they decided to help them and rebuild their school. Now they are slowly returning to class and their lives as children.