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Iqbal Masih By:Richa Bawa

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Richa Bawa

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Global Active Citizen Iqbal Masih Early Life Carpet Weavers had to work 14 hours a day and they were chained to their looms with only 30 minutes in a day off, for a lunch break
If the children complained about how they were being treated they were beaten
At 10 years old Iqbal was under 4 feet tall and less than 60 pounds.
The children were given not given enough food and were treated like slaves
No matter what Iqbal did his loan kept getting bigger.
Iqbal's father even left home when he was this small, because of this his mother was forced to loan more money Working Conditions Iqbal was born into a poor farmer family
His parents did not have enough money to feed and clothe all of their children so they made a deal with a carpet factory owner.
The deal was made for money, about $16
For this amount they would send Iqbal to a carpet factory to do labor until he payed off the loan.
Iqbal started working in the carpet factory at the age of 4. Overcome Iqbal went to the police one day when he was fed up. He told them that his boss beat him and he even showed them the proof (the scars).
The police just took him back to the shop and told his boss Arshad to tie him to the loom and get him back to work. In the summer of 1992 Iqbal heard about a meeting where Essan Ulla Khan was going to speak about a new law which would forbid children from being employed at carpet factories
Iqbal went to the meeting after 16 hours of labor
At the meeting Iqbal asked " How can I stop working and go to school?"
Khan told him that he will only need some documents
Khan helped him escape from his boss's hold
Essan was a part of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front (BFFL) Troubles After Math Khan helped Iqbal find a spot in one of the primary schools run by BLLF.
Iqbal told his teachers that he wanted to become a lawyer.
When Iqbal was 12 he started to speak to large groups in pakistan and India.
He inspired 3,000 child workers to break away from their masters
Iqbal received a Reebok Human Rights Award in 1994.
Iqbal told people in the U.S. that their colorful carpets were made by slaves in different countries.
After people learned this they didn't want to buy them anymore
After this threats were made on Iqbal's life The End On Easter Sunday in 1995 Iqbal went to a rural village to visit some relatives
After he spent sometime with his aunt he went with his two cousins to see his uncle who was working in the nearby fields
On a dirt path on the way there, there was suddenly the fire of a shotgun from a short distance away
Iqbal died instantly he was 12 years old at the time
He died on April Application Values and lessons that can be learned are that if you want to achieve something you must keep trying. First Iqbal went to the police for help but they didn't help him. He never lost hope he kept trying and in the end he found a way out. But the only thing is that he died a brutal death just because he spoke out and got his freedom. He has also become an inspiration to many others. Craig Keilburger was moved by the story of his life. Craig Keilburger is a part of free the children. Free the children is an organization that helps children that are enduring child labor. So the main motto of Iqbal's story is to never give up and keep trying and you will find a way. Bibliography •Iqbal and Craig: Two children against child labor. Iqbal and Craig. The New Internationalist. 06/11/2012<http://www.newit.org/easier-english/child_labour/iqbal.html>
•Kuklin, Susan. Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders Against child Slavery. New York: Henry Holtland Company Inc. , 1998.
•David L. Parker, Lee Engfer and Robert Conrow. Stolen Dreams. U.S.A: Lerner Publications Company, 1998. Something to think about
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