Iqbal is a simple work of fiction, based on a true story of a 13-year old Pakistani boy sold into slavery at a dingy carpet factory, who spoke against child labour. The story is told from a fictional point of view, by a girl who worked with him.
This is a story of a boy who bravely fought against all difficulties to free numerous children from factories and workshops of the mafia in Pakistan. Iqbal Masih won the Reebok Youth Action prize in 1994 for his work, raising awareness of child slavery. Tragically, he was murdered by the carpet mafia, but his name lives on as a symbol of liberation for children throughout the world.
Iqbal is a truly touching piece of work, it is a must read if you believe that little ray of hope can be wonders for all of us.