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Monday, January 28

Financial Times Peru faces a battle to keep children in schools: "The strength of their case is graphically illustrated by Huachipa's brick factory - a vast dust-bowl overlooked by grey, barren hills. In this dispiriting landscape, men, women and children - some as young as six - sweat in the afternoon heat, shovelling a clay mix into rectangular moulds, turning them out on the ground to be taken off for baking. The families get about 20 soles ($6, E7) for every 1000 bricks they produce, a task that takes at least a day or more." The idea that kids shouldn't be working is a relatively new concept in Peru -- in the past 40 years.

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