Day of the Dead, Mexico

It is the start of Winter, in the early morning of the Island of Janitzio, the sun peered through the golden window of the east, the light dancing on the white painted clay houses. Gangly grass never grew in the garden of lost souls.

Listen. The markets roaring with rage after being, for now, it was awake from its peaceful slumber, shops were bursting and pushy street vendors make street very narrow urging people to walk in single file lines like soldiers going off to war.

It is the first day of celebrations of Day of the dead. The thick hot air wraps around me like a warm blanket as the sun dances on the graves of the lost children. Parents and families drag themselves to the burial grounds of their past family members as they awake from their peaceful dormancy. The screams of joy drowned out mournful cries that flooded the streets of burnt bearbricks. Mothers quickly hustling to the fresh morning markets to buy offering for their lost children after they make their long journey back to the world of the living. Birds were silent, waves stopped crashing on the shores, the kids were as still as the night. just for a few precious moments. then all hell at loose when the true celebrations and party starts.

Look. The costumes were as colorful as a summer’s garden in full blossom. Vibrant reds, pink, purple and emerald green, there were thousands of dazzling sequins in the intense afternoon sun and flowers of every color. Where ever I look there was painted faces and masks, stilt walkers marched down the middle of the crowd wearing bubbly smiles and frantic waves. Latin music was the heartbeat of the crowd, as their long limbs swayed to the beat of the music. Food sellers weaved their way through the masses of people and the aroma of there wares perfumed the air.

And soon enough the day was over the crowded died down the streets lost their vibrant hues of colour, and the music became more and more distant till there was no more sound to be heard. As I look over Lago de Patzcuaro the sun is sinking behind the hills as the light is drained away from the island.

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Sweatshops have to be stopped. Sweatshops are manufacturing establishments where employees are forced to work long hours, under terrible conditions to manufacture products just so companies can make their large profits. Sweatshops are a horrific way to produce products, and need to be made illegal and banned.
here are 3 reasons why sweatshops should be stopped, and they are, that the factories that hold these employees have horrible working conditions, Unfair wages and hours, and children aren’t able to experience a normal childhood because they are usually forced to work in a sweatshops due to making money for their families.
Firstly, Sweatshops have horrible working conditions. Employees are forced to work in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, Employees are treated with force and abuse and are given no human rights. Workers are beaten just when they wanted to go home, or if they wanted a break. The Department of labour indicates, sweatshops violate two or more health and labour laws! And employees hardly get any food or water. This is horrendous, and very unfair.
The sad truth is that almost every major brand has some part to play in this issue, Nike, Adidas, Victoria’s Secret, Jansport, just to name a few, are some of the leading companies that use sweatshops, but they take it for granted. This is the harsh reality and a reason why sweatshops need to stop.
Another reason why Sweatshops need to stop, is they have unfair wages and unfair hours. The unfortunate people that end up working in sweatshops, receive very low wages, the minimum wage for these workers is around $2 per day.
This means, that over a year these children and people earn only $730, which is under the salary for most New Zealanders in a week. Also, the money the workers receive, can only just buy the essentials that their families need to survive, they can’t buy any things for themselves. The hours that an average worker is forced to work, is 15-17 hours a day, 7 days a week, and don’t forget, they basically have no human rights at all.
“Girls combs the hair of her dolls, an over-worked hungry girl makes it possible,” This is why Sweatshop labour is unacceptable and needs to stop, as they have unfair wages and unreasonable hours.
Not only that, but also these children are not able to forfill a normal childhood that most children in our generation take for granted, if the have to work in a sweatshop. No one should have to work in conditions where they are treated abusively and inhumane, and have no freedom to express themselves in the outside world, especially the kids. Statistics by War on Want, which is a foundation for stopping sweatshop labour, says that a 6 year old in America will start his first day of primary school, while a 6 year old in Pakistan will start his first day of work.
“I sew together these shapes of leather. I stab my finger with my needle. I feel a small pain, but nothing much, because my fingers are so calloused. Every day I sew these soccer balls together for five cents, but I’ve never once had a chance to play soccer with my friends.” this quote is taken from a boy around the age of 12 when he was forced against his will to work in a sweet shop. Therefore, Sweatshop labour is shameful, and worth stopping because children can’t have a normal childhood.
In conclusion, sweatshops are a cruel and inhumane way to produce products. They have horrible working conditions, unfair wages and unfair hours. Also, children that are forced to work in sweatshops aren’t able to experience a normal childhood. How would you like to be branded, beaten and forced to work in a cramped workshop, I know I wouldn’t want that, would you? So we need to re-see the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet, the rugby balls, soccer balls, and basketballs we play with. Think beyond the products you use and think of the inhumanity taking place to make them.
In conclusion, sweatshops are a cruel and inhumane way to produce products. They have horrible working conditions, unfair wages and unfair hours. Also, children that are forced to work in sweatshops aren’t able to experience a normal childhood. How would you like to be branded, beaten and forced to work in a cramped workshop, I know I wouldn’t want that, would you? So we need to re-see the clothes we wear, the shoes on our feet, the rugby balls, soccer balls, and basketballs we play with. Think beyond the products you use and think of the inhumanity taking place to make them.

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Introduction:
H&M Zara Forever 21 Urban Outfitters Victoria Secret and many other brands like this use Are distributing tens of thousands of clothing items hour to consumers worldwide. Does this ever make you wonder where the clothes come from? And how these companies are able to keep up with the high demand for their clothing?

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Well in all truth I can’t tell you who makes the clothes and the conditions that workers are forced to work in. because the need to no reporters have made it into a sweet shop because of the consequences the companies would face if the truth about the truth came out. H&M is one of the biggest clothing companies in the world selling thousands of clothes every hour worldwide. H&M carries their own brand alongside other brands sold in the store. H&M claims “The H&M group doesn’t own any factories — our products are made by independent suppliers, often in developing countries. It would be impossible for us to operate if we did not take responsibility for the people working for our suppliers. Everyone should be treated with respect and the suppliers should offer their workers fair wages and good working conditions.” even though H&M has been somewhat transparent with its customers. And be truthful to some extent. If H&M really think that everyone should be treated fairly and have the same wages, why do they still carry these brands that most likely use sweatshop labor?

H&M claims that they are creating job opportunities for people in 3rd world countries. H&M also claims that they have all of these “values” that they follow but what values contain. underpaying their employees that make their clothes.

“Many of our suppliers are located in developing countries. H&M group helps to create jobs, consequently lifting people out of poverty, and contributing to economic growth and improved standards of living. Through our business, we help create around 1.6 million jobs for people employed by our suppliers around the world.”

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