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If they get tired, let it be just to play
Pakistani children work in a craft workshop on the World Day Against Child Labor. Photo: taken from telesurtv.net
Iqbal was a Pakistani boy who was only four when he started working. He did not grow, he did not have time to mature, he was murdered with 12 April 16, 1995. And in his memory the date is commemorated as the World Day against Child Slavery.

With the slogan "If you get tired, just play" the planet reflects on the need to eradicate child labor.

Iqbal Masih with his small age raised his voice against the exploitation of the weakest and everyone joins every year because the problem has not completely disappeared.

He was only four years old when his father, in exchange for a loan to pay for the wedding of his eldest son, decided to give the little Iqbal to the owner of a carpet factory. This is how Iqbal started working 12 hours a day to pay off the family debt. With the passage of time the debt did not decrease, but increased with interest and with the new loans that his father requested.

In 1992, five years after his inferno began, Iqbal met Ehsan Khan, an activist who was fighting to end conditions of slavery at work.

Following his example, the Pakistani boy began to denounce the deplorable working conditions in which many, like him, worked in the carpet looms, becoming a hero for them. His activism soon became a hindrance to the businessmen who profited from child labor and on April 16, 1995 his voice died forever after being killed while riding a bicycle.

Estimated calculations ensure that around 400 million children worldwide are slaves, of whom 168 million work and 85 million of them work in dangerous conditions.

Unicef warns that violence, exploitation and abuse are often carried out by people the child knows, including fathers and mothers, other relatives, caregivers, teachers, police authorities, state and non-state agents and other children.

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