Iqbal Masih: Iqbal Masih was a young Pakistani boy who was forced into bonded labor at age four. After being freed at age ten, Iqbal became an activist against bonded child labor. He became a martyr for his cause when he was murdered at age 12.
Iqbal Masih (Urdu: اقبال مسیح) (b. 1982 - April 16, 1995), was a young Pakistani Christian boy who was forced into bonded labour in a carpet factory at the age of four, became an international figurehead for the Bonded Labour Liberation Front at the age of 10 after he escaped from servitude, and was murdered with a 12 gauge shotgun at the age of 12. David L.Barker wrote Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children, in which he described the life of child labor and Iqbal Masih.
▶ FREEDOM HERO: IQBAL MASIH - Iqbal Masih was a bonded laborer (essentially a slave) in a carpet factory from ages 4 o 5 to 10, when he escaped and then began fighting to help other children. In 1994, he was awarded the Reebok Human Rights Youth In Action Award, for for speaking out and working to abolish child labor in Pakistan. In 1995, at age 12, after numerous death threats, he was murdered.
Iqbal Masih - At the age of 10, he escaped the brutal slavery and later joined a Bonded Labor Liberation Front of Pakistan to help stop child labor around the world, and Iqbal helped over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in bonded labor, escape to freedom.