Rebuilding after being freed from bonded labour
Al Jazeera shares a photo essay
SINDH, Pakistan — Bonded labour is a problem in many vulnerable communities but not in Azad Nagar — or “land of the free” — a small town in Pakistan that’s home to more than 100 families, reports Al Jazeera.
Eleven acres of land were purchased in part by Green Rural Development Organization (GRDO), a Pakistani non-governmental organization. “The concept behind Azad Nagar was of a transit camp where freed bonded labourers would come and stay before moving on to where a job would take them,” Ghulam Hyder, co-founder of GRDO, told Al Jazeera.
Visit the village, through Al Jazeera’s photo essay, and meet the people rebuilding their lives and moving on after time as bonded labourers. [aljazeera.com]
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we’ve worked with families in India to create cooperatives to help free fisherman from moneylenders. Read the full story on p. 8 of the fall 2015 issue of our ChildVoice magazine.
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