A week after the super typhoon hit the provinces of Leyte and Samar, in the Visayas islands, we’ll be talking to our Philippine authors and some aid workers about how the country is coping with the disaster, the progress in rescue operations, and what we - the concerned international community - can do to help.
"No adult author writes for praise alone. Surely any serious writer writes because he has an urgent message to impart, one that he hopes will be of some use to the reader. I don’t know the origin of the idea that writers are such delicate creatures, barely able to withstand public scrutiny of their genius, but it seems ever-present."
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Here, the workers are trapped in hellish conditions where they toil for ten hours a day in the sweltering fields where temperatures soar to 90 degrees and above. Workers wait at 3:30 am each morning to see if they will be picked for work in the fields. The US Department of Labor estimates that the agriculture industry has a death rate seven times higher than the average rate of most industries. The workers put up with such conditions in an effort to send money back to their impoverished families back home.
Workers are trapped in these modern-day slave plantations. Many are in permanent debt to the gangs who charge $1,000 for bringing them to the United States. They work six days days for slave labour wages and have to pay large amounts of their wages for shared accommodation, often ten people to a room, while they buy overpriced food from the labour contractors, known as crew leaders. The tomato and cucumber pickers are exposed to dangerously high levels of poison as the crops have been heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides. Over the last decade over 1,000 workers have been freed from these slave plantations by police raids.
(Source : azspot, via haychelsea)
"Happiness is a choice we make. You can always wake up and say, ‘Oh I can’t believe it’s so cold,’ or you can say, ‘Oh, wow, this is a great opportunity for me to try out a new sweater.’"