Koloshi’s school children: marked ‘absent’

With no schooling for two years during the pandemic, Adivasi children in Thane district are unable and unwilling to re-enter the classroom

December 7, 2022 | Mamta Pared

‘If they don’t get food, how will we eat well?’

Donkey herders from the Kaikadi community who migrate to work at brick kilns in Sangli district, struggle to look after their livestock. An increase in theft of the animals in Maharashtra has made it harder on them

June 28, 2022 | Photographs: Ritayan Mukherjee | Text: Medha Kale

In Nuapada: a young woman's death foretold

Tulsa Sabar's sudden death, her family’s mounting debts and migration from Odisha to work in brick kilns, tell a story of systemic failure in one of the country's poorest districts

March 18, 2022 | Purusottam Thakur and Ajit Panda

'What should my family do?'
and • Palghar, Maharashtra

'What should my family do?'

In the Adivasi cluster of Boranda village, Vanita Bhoir and her family, who migrate to work in Maharashtra's brick kilns, have run out of work, food and money due to the lockdown – and are running low on hope too

July 21, 2020 | Mamata Pared

Another brick in Telangana's lockdown wall

Kuni Tamalia and other kiln workers in Telangana’s Sangareddy district continued their arduous work in the lockdown. But with kids to care for and Covid fears, they were anxious to board a Shramik Special for Odisha

June 11, 2020 | Varsha Bhargavi

Locked into the kilns, brick by brick

Thousands of migrant workers from Odisha are stranded at Telangana's brick kilns – exploitative worksites made more difficult with the lockdown – and are running out of rations and desperate to return home

April 27, 2020 | Varsha Bhargavi

Walking 104 kilometres without a break

Brick-kiln workers in Thane and Palghar, most of them Adivasi agricultural labourers, have been forced by the Covid-19 lockdown to return home with barely any income until the arrival of monsoon

April 17, 2020 | Jyoti Shinoli

And miles to go before they sleep – or eat

The Covid-19 lockdown has left migrant Adivasi brick kiln workers in Maharashtra's Palghar district with little money and food – and an ultimatum from their village to return, where only uncertainty awaits them

April 1, 2020 | Mamata Pared

'Do something about our hunger'
and • Palghar, Maharashtra

'Do something about our hunger'

For the Katkari Adivasis of Botyachi Wadi hamlet in Palghar district, education remains a distant dream, food is scarce, debt an ever-present reality – and migrating to work at brick kilns a recurring compulsion

Nov. 22, 2019 | Mamata Pared

From farm to kiln: such a long journey

Labourers from Odisha travel on foot, by road and rail to kilns in Telangana to work and pay off an advance

May 9, 2019 | Purusottam Thakur

Tandoors that burn on the backs of Katkaris

With no land and few work options, the Katkari Adivasis of Raigad district in Maharashtra migrate to charcoal kilns for 7-8 months every year. There, they work long and hard hours for low wages that are often not paid

Jan. 28, 2019 | Karishma V.

Trying to go to sleep only half-hungry
and • Sangareddy, Telangana

Trying to go to sleep only half-hungry

Many labourers from Odisha migrate to the brick kilns of Telangana, where the contractors and kiln owners exploit the desperation of the migrants – and after months of gruelling work, the workers can end up in debt

Nov. 2, 2018 | Purusottam Thakur

‘We are lonely now...’
and • Hyderabad, Telangana

‘We are lonely now...’

The Dharuas, elderly marginal farmers from Odisha’s Bolangir district, migrated to work at a kiln in Hyderabad. The strenuous labour made them want to return home, but the kiln owner refused to let them go

Sept. 25, 2017 | Purusottam Thakur