Both Child and Slave

It’s been the same routine for eight years, since she was eight years old. Rising every morning at 4:00 a.m., Jesula disposes of the family’s waste, walks an hour-and-a-half for water and prepares breakfast for the family of ten. Next comes the washing of dishes, sweeping, cleaning, shopping for food, preparation and clean-up of lunch, fetching more water and preparation and clean-up of dinner. It isn’t until the family is asleep that Jesula finally lays on the concrete floor with one blanket and no pillow around 11:00 p.m., finally finished with her 19-hour workday.