From the Publisher
"You see, for Iqbal I was not invisible. I existed, and he made me
For Fatima and the other unseen children of Hussain Khan''s carpet
factory, Iqbal Masih''s arrival is the end of hope and its
beginning. It is Iqbal who tells them that their family''s debt
will never be cancelled, no matter how many inches of progress they
make in their rugs, no matter how neat the knots or perfect the
pattern. But it is also Iqbal who is brave enough to talk about the
future. "Fatima," he promises, "next spring you and I are going to
go and fly a kite. Remember that, whatever happens."
This is the story of the real Iqbal: a courageous
thirteen-year-old boy who knew that his life was worth more than a
rug, that chaining children to looms to work hours without rest was
not right, and that there was a way to stop the abuse.