Peanuts for young boiled eggs vendors

— AFP/file

SIALKOT: Come winter and with it begins the sale of boiled eggs which school-going age children vend in every nook and cranny of the district.

Hundreds of children turn to seasonal business, much like the sale of dried fruit, which helps them support their families. Boys of tender age are forced to do many other odd jobs at the cost of education.

One can find these boys hawking boiled eggs on severe cold and foggy mornings on the main roads, in streets and at other public places like markets, the railway station and bus terminals. They sell the ware even after dusk and go home with a meager income to feed their families.

Some children this correspondent talked to said they sold boiled eggs in the evening till late at night and attended schools in morning. Most of these children study in classes 4th to 7th.

Muhammad Nasir said he had given up education because of poverty and now he was forced to sell eggs in many areas of Sambrial city to feed poor family comprising a widowed mother, three sisters and a brother.

Arsalan, 13, said he sold two to three dozens of boiled eggs daily and earned between Rs150 and 200. He said he was fond of getting education but his dream could not be materialised because of a lack of resources.

Fourteen-year-old Ehtesham believes his voice “Aandey, Garam Aandey” lure most people who buy boiled eggs. It’s become sort of a rhyme for the boy who is rather interested in “Alif, Bey, Pey...”

Vending boiled eggs in Sialkot’s Model Town area, Khurram, 13, said he managed to earn some amount as mostly people paid him more than the actual price of an egg.

Lubna, 13, also sells eggs just as many boys of her age do and is content with the fact that “it’s far better to sell eggs than to beg.” She said she got education in the day and turned to streets to sell eggs to share the family’s burden.

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