Kharkaar(Pashto: خرکار), meaning one who drives donkeys, were workers that were treated little better than slaves. They helped build the greatest infrastructure in Pukhtunkhwa and many countries across the globe. They would work 16 hrs a day with two meals per day. They did not get holidays until the project was completed and they were paid the minimum allowed wages.
Kharkaars in Burgundie
Burgundian independence in 1812 brought about a renewed interest in public buildings and infrastructure. In order to eschew any vestige of Kuhlfrosi rule, massive public works were undertaken. Since the Burgundian East Punth Trade Company had recently lost the slaving colony of Kandara, in 1795, 100,000 Kharkaars were brought in to supplement the workforce. Cities were torn down, redesigned and rebuilt. Wider avenues and As public health improved in Burgundie and the local labor force increased there was a drop in the demand for the Kharkaar laborers. By the 1860s there were less than 20,000 Kharkaars in Burgundie. During the begining of the 20th century, the Burgundians experienced a period of hyper urbanization. Tens of thousands of Kharkaars were once again brought into Burgundie to provide cheap unskilled labor force. Many of the Kharkaars elected to stay, because even the ghettoized conditions in which they lived where better than their prospects in Pukhtunkhwa. In Kongerhus and NordHalle in particular, neighborhoods where organically built up by the Kharkaar workers and their families. Often they used left over materials from the job sites to create the shantytowns. These neighborhoods often lacked basic amenities and where devoid of even the most rudimentary safety standards. Laws were passed to exclude the Kharkaars from applying for citizenship in order to continue to pay them at inordinately low rates and treat them as subhuman. During the Urban Decay of the 1960s and the social unrest that it caused, many Kharkaars were forced to leave the country under suspicion that they may join communist and populist movements. Those that remained held to fill the resulting labor gap on the island of Burgundie, however in greatly diminished numbers. By 1984 there were only 8,000 Kharkaars in Burgundie, however this number does not include the workers families which public health workers estimated at an additional 32,000 Pukhtuns. In the 2010s and early 2020s Burgundie invested heavily in Urban Renewal and light manufacturing. The need for construction laborers to rebuild the cities and assemble new factories again demanded the Kharkaars. Between 2008 and 2022 the number of Kharkaars, and their families, registered in Burgundie rose from 30,000 to 250,000, the highest number to ever be in the country. When Pukhtunkhwa abolished the Kharkaar class system, the 250,000 Kharkaar in Burgundie were left without a job. The Burgundians refused to pay them a Burgundian minimum wage and only some of the Kharkaar had family to return to in Pukhtunkhwa. There were about 80,000 Kharkaars and their families stranded in Burgundie, who could not find work, were not allowed to go to public schools and denied access to decent housing and healthcare. Their ghettos were bulldozed to make way for gentrification and many became homeless. In 2028, after years of suffering at the hands of the system, leaders from the Kharkaar community rose and led what would become known as the Civil Rights Movement in Burgundie.