Why Didn't You Come Sooner? Compassion in Action: Stories of Children Rescued Form Slavery (Paperback)

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The work of rescuing children from slavery is not for the faint of heart, as the

twelve gut-wrenching accounts in this book will show. Harder still is to give

them their life back, after they've been kidnapped, trafficked, sold, abused and

made to work in horrific conditions, often for as long as they can remember.

Pradeep was offered up for human sacrifice by his family, thought to be a bad

omen; Devli was a third-generation slave in a stone quarry in Haryana, who

had never seen a banana before her rescue; Ashraf, a domestic child labourer

at a senior civil servant's house, was starved and scalded as punishment;

Sahiba was trafficked from Assam to be someone's wife against her will; Kalu

was abducted and made to weave carpets all day long, his injuries cauterized

with phosphorus scraped off matchsticks; Bhavna was trapped in a circus,

sexually abused for years by her owners; Rakesh was worked in the fields all

year round like cattle, and spent the nights locked up with them in the stable;

Sabo was born to labourers at a brick kiln, and never knew life outside it; and

Manan lived his childhood mining mica in the forests of Jharkhand, barely

given time to even mourn his friend who got buried when the mine caved in.

Kailash Satyarthi's own life and mission were entwined with the journeys

of these children. Having lived through unspeakable trauma, they had lost

faith in humanity. But behind their reticence, behind their scraggy limbs and

calloused hands and feet, hope still endured. This book tells the story of their

shared struggle for justice and dignity-from the raid and rescue operations

of Satyarthi's Bachpan Bachao Andolan, to international campaigns for child

rights. It is a testament both to the courage of the human spirit and to the

power of compassion.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789354475979
ISBN-10: 9354475973
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books
Publication Date: September 20th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English