Burden of Sanctuary

Farras Khan Shinwari starts work early, before the sun has risen over the red plains of Karkhla, 15 km east of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. After a meager breakfast of tea and dry nan with his brothers, he starts sprinkling water on the mound of red clay they will mix and form into bricks. All around him on the plain, hundreds of illegal Afghan migrants squat barefoot in the clay, forming bricks with their hands for less than a dollar a day. Even the pittance they get here is more than they could make at home in Afghanistan. Farras will work...

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