Congress of the United States

Washington, DC 20515
May 15, 1995

The Masih Family
c/o U.S. Embassy
Diplomatic Enclave
Ramna 5
PO Box 1048, PSC 1212, Box 2000
Unit 6220, Islamabad 09812-2000

Dear Masih Family:

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Iqbal Masih.

Iqbal embodied the best in Pakistani youth and was an inspiration to all of us. He was a shining beacon of hope for a better life for all of the children in our world. His great courage and leadership at twelve years of age impressed and moved millions of people here in America and around the world to press for action against the enslavement and commercial exploitation of children everywhere.

We share in your profound grief and suffering over Iqbal's death. He had already accomplished so much in his brief life and we regret that he will not see the fulfillment of his efforts to help free the children of Pakistan and the world from the oppressive burden of forced labor. You have suffered a great personal loss and child workers everywhere have lost one of their most able and effective advocates. he will be missed.

We want you to know that we honor Iqbal's life and deeds will not let his cause be forgotten. we are even more firmly committed to continuing his fight to end child slavery in the carpet industry and wherever else it is exposed. Iqbal's life and memories of him can only help that fight. You have much to be proud of and his work will not be in vain.

Again, we are saddened by Iqbal's death and offer you our condolences and best wishes.


Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator

George E. Brown, Jr., Member of Congress

Bernie Sanders, Member of Congress

Lane Evans, Member of Congress

Frank Wolf, Member of Congress

William Clay, Member of Congress

Joseph Moakley, Member of Congress

Luis Gutlerrez, Member of Congress

Barney Frank, Member of Congress

Sandy Levin, Member of Congress

Patricia Schroeder, Member of Congress

Neil Abercrombie, Member of Congress

Robert Underwood, Member of Congress

Sanford Bishop, Member of Congress

Frank Pallone, Member of Congress

Sherrod Brown, Member of Congress

Esteban Edward Torres, Member of Congress

Gerry Studds, Member of Congress

Jose' Serrano, Member of Congress

Peter Visclosky, Member of Congress

Lucille Roybal-Allard, Member of Congress

Byron Dorgan, U.S. Senator

Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator

Edward Kennedy, U.S. Senator

Paul Simon, U.S. Senator

Larry Pressler, U.S. Senator

Dale Bumpers, U.S. Senator

John D. Rockefeller, U.S. Senator

Christopher Dodd, U.S. Senator

Harris Fawell, Member of Congress

Mike Ward, Member of Congress

Ronald Dellums, Member of Congress

Gary Ackerman, Member of Congress

Congress letter to Masih Family


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