1 May, Labour day; Iqbal Masih

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Iqbal Masih

Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani Christian boy who became a symbol of abusive child labour in the developing world.

Sold for 7$ in a carpet factory at the age of 8. He was a born intellectualist, ideologist and brave enough to fight for his right, at the age of 10 he started movement against child labour.

He escaped from the factory and started a movement against child labour in Pakistan at the early stage then this campaign resonates to the developing countries as well. He recognised globally at the child age and delivered lectures at many forums that time regarding people awareness.

In the following year, export of carpet industry down by 34 million. Iqbal Masih battered the monopoly of carpet industry that hard, and the same year he murdered in Pakistan just after his returning from US.

An innocent soul had been perished just because of asking his right in the esteem country, where demanding for rights boldly labelled as TRAITORS.

Iqbal Masih, Pakistan, received The World’s Children’s Honorary Award 2000 posthumously, for his struggle for the rights of debt slave children. Iqbal became a debt slave at an early age, for the owner of a carpet factory who then sold him on.

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