Don’t weep for me, Mama

By Halima Islam

“Mama, I sat there alone, trembling with fear that the men in the heavy black boots were coming for me next. Mama, I wanted to scream, cry, do everything in my control for you to come and save me but I knew they would turn their weapons on me. I wanted to save . . . → Read More: Don’t weep for me, Mama

Breaking the vicious cycle

Concerns regarding the kind of expenditure that Eid demands start as soon as Ramadan begins. For daily wage workers and households that are able to save little, Eid is more so dreaded. With little opportunity to find employment during the three days that Eid stretches for most households struggle with putting food on the table. . . . → Read More: Breaking the vicious cycle

Children of the streets

By Madeeha Ansari

Every day, I shake my finger at a little boy struggling to spray water on the windshield of my car. He is a bite-sized conman who will furiously wet and wipe a perfectly clean sheet of glass within the time it takes for a red traffic light to turn green, so . . . → Read More: Children of the streets

THE PERSISTENCE OF CHILD LABOR: LEGISLATION WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT

“Chotaayyy”

Go to an automobile workshop, a road-side shop or even to your friend’s house and you may get to hear this. This demeaning word refers to the child worker, typically involved in performing menial tasks for a 10 -12 hours shift with little or no benefits.

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The Status of Child Rights in Pakistan

Children’s rights were first ever redressed by law in Pakistan in the 1952 Punjab Children Act and in the 1955 Sindh Children Act. This was long before any federal action was taken for the preservation of this largest demographic section of Pakistani society. Sadly this section still remains unnoticed at the federal level and promulgation . . . → Read More: The Status of Child Rights in Pakistan

School in Heera Mandi Brings Cathartic Relief to Children

“I want to be a doctor. That is my ultimate dream and God willing I will be one day,” says Zainab (name changed), a resident of Lahore’s red light area, Heera Mandi.

The daughter of a former sex worker, 17-year-old Zainab has high hopes and wants to carve a better life for herself. Her middle-aged mother . . . → Read More: School in Heera Mandi Brings Cathartic Relief to Children

Pampers Baby Olympics: Babies’ day out

LAHORE: Over 1,000 children participated in the third round of Baby Olympics held in Lahore over the weekend. The three-day event, featuring crawling races, running games, push ball and much more was held at the Mall of Lahore. Starting on Friday, August 26, Baby Olympics was organised by the diaper brand Pampers.

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CHILDREN’S PARENTS AND PARENT’S CHILDREN

I love my children. I have deep commitment to help them in all possible ways. I possess and nourish in me a deep desire to be amongst the best of parents. I just want my children to be the best. Obviously what I think is best for them is the best. My sincerity is beyond . . . → Read More: CHILDREN’S PARENTS AND PARENT’S CHILDREN

New polio case traced to refusal of vaccine!

PESHAWAR, March 29: A new case of polio has been reported in the semi-tribal Frontier Region of Lakki Marwat, as parents continue to refuse vaccination of their children in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

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Video clip captures mock suicide missions

PESHAWAR: A young boy dressed in black bids farewell to other children standing in a queue. The boy, around 12 years old, has his face covered with a black cloth. The children standing in the queue appear to be around four to 10 years of age.

After embracing those bidding him farewell, the young boy . . . → Read More: Video clip captures mock suicide missions