Monday, June 14, 2010
B.L.L.F. & Iqbal Masih
In rural Pakistan, the parents of Iqbal Masih sold him into bondage to a carpet manufacturer for $200, because they could not take care of him. He was four years old. For 6 years Iqbal was forced to squat, often chained, before a carpet loom. He was not fed well, and as a result, his growth was stunted. His back curved from lack of exercise and from bending to his loom for 14 hours a day. His hands were scarred and callused and his fingers were gnarled from the repetitive work of tying thousands of knots every day. His breathing was labored from the carpet dust that he inhaled and that affected his lungs.