A boy who was shot dead at 11 years old – The Iqbal Masih Award – International Labour Day

– Uncovering One Life in One Story

Iqbal Masih born in 1983, was sold into bonded labor to a carpet weaving business. His father had borrowed money from the employer. Worked for 12 hours daily. He escaped when he was ten but was caught and brought by the police to his native place.

Then, he was sent again to the carpet weaver. He escaped again and this time he joined Bonded Labour Liberation Front of Pakistan.

He worked with them to free the children like himself and was successful in freeing about 3,000 children. He was shot dead in 1995 when he was only 11 years old.

However, his legacy lives on, and the United States Labour Department has an annual award in his honor: The Iqbal Masih Award. Today, on International Labour Day, let’s remember and appreciate this little being who did so much good in his short life

A Leader who remains in the History


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