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Iqbal Masih – An undaunted leader of the anti-slave movement in Pakistan


Iqbal Masih (late) a dynamic Pakistani Christian child hero was born in 1983. At age four he started working as a bonded slave in a carpet factory. His family had borrowed a loan from the owner of the factory. The loan was in Iqbal’s name, which meant that Iqbal owned the factory owner 5000 Pakistani Rupees.

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Iqbal was required to work until the debt was paid off. For this reason he was made to work 12 hours a day with only 30 minutes to rest. He and rest of the children were bound with chains so that they could not escape.

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At 10, he managed to escape. His exploit did not pay off and he was brought back to the factory owner. After escaping from the factory he reached a police station and informed the local officer about the bonded laborers in the factory. The police officer however, returned him back to his owner, who chained him to the carpet weaving machine and punished him by physical torture including starvation.

He was fortunate enough to find freedom as a result of his exploit the second time. Followed by his successful escape, he attended the Bonded Labor Liberation Front School and completed his education in two years. The child hero helped more than 3000 Pakistani children in bonded slavery to escape. At 12, he became a prominent leader of the anti-slave movement in the country.

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