Too young to shoulder big burdens
S. N. Peerzada
BOONI, Dec 30: Sher Baz Khan, nine years old and a student of class 5, left his house in a hamlet called Bojum near Brok village of the Laspur valley to work as a labourer in Booni during the three-month-long winter vacation.
Talking to ChitralToday here, Sher Baz, son of Daulat Khan, said his mother died a few years ago and his sick father worked as a labourer but was unable to meet the expenses of the family.
He said his elder brother was physically disabled and could not work.
Sher Baz said soon after the closure of his school, his father sent him to Booni to work as a labourer so that the family can pay the Rs.9,000 dues of the community busy in the construction of a powerhouse in his village.
He said the owner of the Tandoor in Booni, where he is working, is paying him Rs.50 per day. But Sher Baz is worried how he would be able to arrange the Rs.9,000 when he would be going back home in March.
When night falls and all go home, this poor kid sleeps in a room adjacent to the Tandoor all alone.