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Young students swarm Booni as labourers

ChildScores of boys aged between 15 and 17 years can be seen staying in cramped rooms of ramshackle hotels in the Booni bazaar. These young men have come here mostly from the Laspur and Yarkhun valleys not to sit any exam or seek a job. Rather, they are harvesting the wheat crops of people in the Booni town and nearby villages as labourers to earn a living. When approached by ChitralToday, most of the boys refused to give details about the circumstances in which they left their homes in the summer heat and holy month of Ramazan to work as labourers here. In the morning and evening, these boys in groups of about six to 10 harvest the crops and then share rooms in the hotels. Many of them were upbeat about taking admission to colleges but said they had to work to meet the expenses of their education. Local people said they had seen the arrival of the schoolboys in the town to work as labourers for the last many years. They said that it was a big question mark on the better tomorrow slogan of non-governmental organizations and free education mantra for all of the government. ]]>

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