The Labor Times
Child Labor taking its full toll on the world
Hello I am Rupak Stephen, reporter for Labor Times on the story of Iqbal Masih and to get more information on the pending problem of child labor. In the least developed countries 30% of children are engaged in child labor. That means one in six children are engaged in these dangerous jobs while often enduring beatings, harsh conditions, and barely any sleep. About 1.2 million children every year are trafficked into dangerous work such as mining, agricultural work, and other jobs. To get a closer look at this type of labor and to get an inside scoop on the story of Iqbal Masih I traveled to Pakistan to talk to Salman, one of the child laborers that was with Iqbal himself.
As I sat down with Salman I noticed he was young but a built up person that was scarred with this type of work. He thanked me for taking the time to ask him these questions because he didn’t like the work that he was doing in the factory. I inquired about his first impression of Iqbal. He said, “At first sight he seemed somewhat weak and sad but at the same time different. He seemed to, unlike us, be unafraid of Hussain Khan, our master, which said something good about him”. I listened with deep interest as he kept on describing Iqbal.
After I took a short break to let Salman get back to work, but after my break we resumed the interview where we left off. I asked him how Iqbal impacted your life. He said many things about how it changed his whole viewpoint on life. It taught him how he, like Iqbal, can change lives with acts of bravery. He said how the way he acted like nothing bothered him made him realize how he just has to block out all the voices and just focus. He made my experience at the factory, more interesting. He was the one who messed with the master and made him go wild but...