Story of Iqbal Masih

Iqbal Masih was born in 1982, Muridke, a very small, rural village outside of Lahore in Pakistan. Shortly after Iqbal’s birth, his father, Saif Masih, abandoned the family. Iqbal’s mother, Inayat, worked as a house cleaner, but found it difficult to make enough money to feed all her children from her small income. She then borrowed 600 rupees (12$) from a local money lender (Hussain Khan). To pay off her debt, she sent her 4 year old son into child labor, working for Hussain Khan. He also worked in carpet factories and was fed little food and water. They fed him little, so his fingers wouldn’t grow, and the smaller his fingers the easier he could work the looms.Iqbal was very skillful at carpet making he was one of the best out of the whole carpet factory.All of the children in that carpet factory became united as a group. The mistress was very cruel, she always scolded the children and always threatened them. When at first Iqbal tried to escape he ended up staying in the Tomb for 3 days. The Tomb was an old cistern, buried under the courtyard, closed by a grating at the foot of a damp, slippery stairway leading up to the iron door. There was no light down there.They were chained to their looms so they could not escape form their master Hussian Khan.

At the age of 10, he escaped brutal slavery and later joined the BLLF (Bonded Labor Liberation Front of Pakistan) to help stop child labor around the world. Iqbal helped over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in bonded labour escape to freedom, and made speeches about child labour all around the world. Iqbal’s story later became a book.

At the age of 10 after he escaped from servitude, and was murdered with a 12 gauge shotgun at the age of 12.  By a group of factory owners

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