Dhakaiya Profession

Blacksmith- A Case Study

Posted in Blacksmith by rrasheeka on April 10, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Shonjib Kormokar hit the hammer hard on the black piece of metal. He was trying to bring about a shape in it. He asked us to come inside his shop which was made out of tin walls. I walked in only to realise that standing inside the shop could not be possible for me. I could not breathe. The shop was extremely hot,dark and smoke was coming out of the coals that were burning.

His father had started this business and he had helped his father as a young boy. After his father’s death, he started working full-time in the shop. His home was in Kamalbagh which was quite near his shop. He starts working at 8 o’clock in the morning and his work finishes at 10 o’clock at night. He has 3 children all of whom go to school. The environment in which he works is very unhealthy as he has to inhale a lot pf poisonous chemicals. The saddest fact is that he is aware of the harm that is being done to his body, but this is his life. This is his sole source of income and he has to continue with this work.

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