Betty's Child by Donald Dempsey

By Donald Dempsey

Within the culture of Frank McCourt and Angela's Ashes, Don Dempsey makes use of Betty's baby to inform the tale of lifestyles along with his merciless and neglectful mom, his mother's abusive boyfriends, and hypocritical church leaders who are looking to shop twelve-year-old Donny's soul yet forget about threats to his actual overall healthiness. in the meantime, Donny's ally is attempting to recruit Donny to do petty robbery and deal medications for a perilous neighborhood thug.

Young Donny is a real-life pass among Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield as he tells his tale, with simply his highway smarts and humorousness to steer him. Donny does every little thing he can to maintain himself and his more youthful brothers, yet with each one new improvement, the current turns into extra fraught with peril--and the long run extra doubtful.

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Certificate of Freedom Part II. Emancipation Chapter 8. Action Chapter 9. A Proper Schoolboy … and Activist Chapter 10. Just Like Abraham Lincoln Chapter 11. Return to Pakistan Chapter 12. Who Killed Iqbal Masih? Part III. Reconstruction Chapter 13. A School for Iqbal Children Around the World Pick Up the Banner Where to Learn More Notes Glossary and Pronunciation Guide Bibliography Index Copyright For all the children still waiting to become free, and for my parents A Note From the Author A few years ago, the Reebok Human Rights Foundation invited me to Boston to meet an extraordinary young boy by the name of Iqbal Masih.

Three years later, in 1984, the BLF heard about thirty-two children who were kidnapped from a village in the state of Bihar. The children were compelled to weave carpets eighteen to twenty hours a day. They were branded and tortured when they made mistakes. The BLF took up the children’s case. They filed petitions in the Supreme Court of India. ” Swami Agnivesh knew that release did not mean freedom. The former child slaves would never really be free unless they were given an education. According to Indian law, all children must go to school.

They also hung children upside down until they became sicker. Children were beaten,” said Iqbal. Although most bonded children are docile and obedient, there are a few who are not afraid to talk back. These young people are often hit, chained to their looms, or locked in dark, musty closets. Iqbal was one of the “talk back” boys. He was beaten more often than the other children because, time and time again, he defied the master. He spoke up when he thought something was not right. ” In a way, the fines were worse than the beatings.

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