The Children Who Built Victorian Britain
Like in Victorian times, when England needed child slavery to sustain its industrial expansion, at present our first world needs the fuel of child slavery workforce to sustain its economy and our standard of living. We may not wish to bear the guilt of our crime because they do not live in the workhouse next door. Yet, does this free us from our responsibility for their lives?
Like in Victorian times, when children sent to war went through hellish experiences, nowadays hundreds of thousands of child soldiers are forced into wars caused by conflicts of economic interests. We may choose not to see first world countries are the ones that sell the weapons these children hold. However, do our pretended ignorance and silence not make us accomplices of this crime?
Like child farmers, child miners, child brick makers, child masons… in Victorian times, who sacrificed their lives to build Victorian England, there are 400 million child slaves in the world today who are being deprived of their childhood. It is hypocritical and offensive to show sorrow for this children, they deserve more than our sympathy. Their suffering cries out for our respect, empathy and commitment.
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain - Part 1
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain - Part 2
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain - Part 3
The Children Who Built Victorian Britain - Part 4