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VIDEO: “Just Because I’m Poor, Does that Mean I Cannot Dream?” Asks a Child Labourer

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Across the world, June 12 is marked as the World Day Against Child Labour and this year’s theme is “End Child Labour in Supply Chains – It’s everyone’s business!”

With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present. Here in India, there are about 4.3 million children employed as child labourers. However, independent estimates by various researchers and not-for profits put the number at 11.7 million. These numbers speak of the childhoods lost in garment factories, dhabas, stone quarries, construction sites and other situations of slavery.

Earlier this year, the “Dear World” team travelled to India to explore the stories of former child slaves to shoot #OneDream video at Bal Ashram, a rehabilitation centre for former child labourers and child slaves.


The video is a part of series shot by “Dear World” team in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Forum. This year, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2016 will focus on measures to end child slavery and trafficking globally.

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About the Nobel Peace Prize Forum – 2016

Under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum provides an important international platform focusing on the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, as well as leading peacemakers and peace builders.

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