Child hygiene: washing nappies (Morocco)

Child hygiene: washing nappies (Morocco)
1989. Six-year-old girl washing her brother’s nappies. Tannernit (Morocco) © AEEH

Child hygiene: washing nappies (Morocco)

When a new baby is born in the villages of the high Atlas mountains of Morocco, the elder sisters of six years or more take charge of the second youngest child. The duties they assume include washing nappies, feeding and carrying them on their back. The average weight of a six year old girl is around 18kg and that of a two-year-old is about 12Kg, which means that when they are carried on their back the girls are bearing a weight which is over 66% their own bodyweight.