Those people who have access to internet will find 87 pages, 169 images, 4 sound clips and 3 video clips describing Iqbal's life and legacy.
Iqbal was born in Pakistan in 1983 and sold into Child bonded labor at the age of 4 for $12. He was chained to a carpet loom, forced to work 12 hours a day, verbally abused and beaten. He escaped at age 10. Through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front (BLLF) he learned of laws against enslaving children. Iqbal became a powerful speaker and critic of child servitude.
Last year Iqbal won the Reebok Youth in Action Human Rights Award. When he came to Boston in December 1994 to receive his award he visited with 12 and 13 year old students at Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy Massachusetts. These students were very sad to hear of his murder in April 1995 but determined to act.
The Broad Meadows students have set up a fund to realize Iqbals dream -- a school in his village so that every child can be free and educated. The students have written to political leaders in this country and in Pakistan. Senator Edward Kennedy has said "a school in [Iqbal's] name in Pakistan will be a beautiful and fitting memorial and an enduring reminder of the grate cause he brought to the world's attention."
With the aid of Amnesty International and Rick Roth, owner of Mirror Image, Inc. Broad Meadows Middle School has set up a home page on the internet with the title "A Bullet Can't Kill a Dream". See the above address.
The students have set up a bank account and have asked classes to donate at least $12 - the amount Iqbal's father received for selling his son into slavery to pay a family debt. Donations can be sent to:
A School for Iqbal Masih Fund
c/o The Hibernian Savings Bank
Quincy High School Branch
731 Hancock St.
Quincy, Ma 02170