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|Why Children are the Greatest Child Rights Advocates|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Friday, 25 October 2013 14:38|
Humanitarian Cites Slain Young Laborer Who Continues
to Inspire Kids Today
One of the poorest, most troubled countries in the world, Pakistan, has also produced some of our bravest, most inspiring young leaders, says Zulfiqar Rashid, (www.zulfiqarrashid.com), a Pakistan native and U.S. artist and businessman.
“Malala Yousafzai is only the most recent example,” says Rashid, referring to the 16-year-old advocate for girls’ education who was shot by the Taliban a year ago.
Rashid, who frequently travels to Pakistan and around the world, says he continues to see appalling treatment of children in his journeys. His new book focuses on a particularly cruel practice in Indo Asian countries. In “The Rat-boys of Karalabad,” he writes about young beggars whose heads and limbs are tightly bound when they’re very young to stunt their growth. The practice makes the disfigured children more effective beggars at religious shrines, helping enrich those who control the shrines.
“The ‘rat-boys’ are, sadly, very real. In my book, the person who stands up to this evil is a boy who would ultimately have benefited from it,” Rashid says. “While he is fictional, he symbolizes the many young people in the world whose passion for doing good holds an extraordinary power that often goes unrecognized.”
Today’s story is Malala, but Rashid says the tale of another young Pakistani children’s rights advocate illustrates just how far-reaching children’s influence can be.
About Zulfiqar Rashid
Zulfiqar Rashid was born in Pakistan and lives in southern California. As a regular contributor to various newspapers, he has written extensively about his travels to Pakistan, and major figures in the Pakistani artistic and cultural scene. Rashid is also an accomplished artist and calligrapher, whose art has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. His works have been exhibited at galleries in San Diego, Del Mar, and La Jolla, as well as the San Diego Art Institute and the San Diego Port Authority’s “I Madonnari” festival.
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