The Little Hero: One Boy's Fight for Freedom - Iqbal Masih's Story

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This detailed account of the life and work of Iqbal Masih is an illustration of the plight of children who are enslaved throughout the developing world as well as a compelling biography of a singularly charismatic and intrepid child who used his small voice to tell the stories of those too frightened to speak out. Iqbal Masih was murdered at the age of thirteen, but not before becoming an internationally renowned opponent of child and slave labor. Forced into servitude at a carpet factory in order to pay a family...

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This detailed account of the life and work of Iqbal Masih is an illustration of the plight of children who are enslaved throughout the developing world as well as a compelling biography of a singularly charismatic and intrepid child who used his small voice to tell the stories of those too frightened to speak out. Iqbal Masih was murdered at the age of thirteen, but not before becoming an internationally renowned opponent of child and slave labor. Forced into servitude at a carpet factory in order to pay a family debt, Iqbal, a Pakistani, experienced firsthand the cruelty of an economic system which decimates local communities on one end and spits out consumer products on the other. Mustering the courage to escape the factory, Iqbal found the Bonded Labor Liberation Front and worked to instigate a children's rebellion against companies using child slavery. Rewarding Iqbal for his work, Reebok presented him with the Youth in Action Award in 1995 and offered him a full scholarship to study law at Brandeis University—a scholarship he did not live to accept.

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"[Crofts] has a solid list of successes behind him and impeccable credentials." —Judith Spelman, Writing Magazine
KLIATT - Lorie Paldino
Iqbal Masih was only four years old when his half-brother sold him to the owner of a carpet factory in Pakistan. Iqbal's mother accepted her son's fate as a necessary part of life. By age eight, Iqbal was hunched and thin, his growth stunted by malnourishment and the long hours crouched in small places at the bottom of vast carpet looms. Often he and the other children in the factory would work long hours into the night, fall asleep at their looms, and awaken again to resume their work. Frequently, children who failed to meet production deadlines were beaten. Iqbal, however, always maintained his fiery spirit. Twice he ran away. The first time was to the police, who he thought would rescue the remaining children, but the police promptly returned him to his enslavement. As punishment, Iqbal was hung by his ankles from the ceiling. The second time he escaped, he knew he could go neither to the police nor to his home. Wandering the Pakistani countryside, he met a man who represented the Bonded Labor Liberation Front. Together the unlikely pair worked, at their own peril, to bring awareness of the issue of bonded labor to the country, and then to the world. Iqbal participated in dangerous rescue missions, releasing children and adults from brick and carpet factories. He gained international attention for his efforts by speaking at the age of eleven at a conference on human rights in Stockholm and by accepting the Reebok Human Rights Award in Boston. Andrew Crofts brings the issue of human slavery, most particularly child slavery, to the forefront of our consciousness. Just as the memoirs Child Soldier and A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier horrify us into recognizingthe abuse of children in many parts of the world, so too does The Little Hero. Iqbal blamed the fate of the children of Pakistan on not only the factory owners but also the prosperous foreign merchants who come to haggle for the lowest prices, stating, "Customers in America demand it." His story makes us think twice about whose labor went into the carpet, sports equipment, sneakers, or clothing items that we all desire at so little a cost. The only problem is that Crofts begins with Iqbal's tragic demise, then flashes back to the beginning of his enslavement. Knowing that the little hero is a tragic hero makes reading Iqbal's story all the more difficult. Still, I recommend it to all audiences. Reviewer: Lorie Paldino
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904132844
  • Publisher: Vision
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Crofts is one of Britain’s most successful ghostwriters of non-fiction and fiction. He has ghostwritten several number-one bestsellers in Britain and is the author of The Disappearing Duke, A Promise to Nadia, and Sold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2009

    i love this book cause its th most touching book ive ever read!!=D

    this book is so beautiful!! R.I.P iQbAl

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