HBKU’s latest book chronicles lives of child labourers

 15 Aug 2017 - 1:51

HBKU’s latest book chronicles  lives of child labourers

The Peninsula

When most of us think back to our childhood, we are lucky enough to recall fond memories of a simple, happy time where the only causes of stress were studying for tests or dealing with an obnoxious sibling. The word childhood itself invokes thoughts of laughter, playing outside on bright summer days, and feeling safe, secure and happy.

But the reality of childhood for child labourers around the world today cannot be farther from this idealistic walk down memory lane. They face hardships and causes of stress that take over their daily lives and rob them of the freedom of childhood that they rightly deserve.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press’s (HBKU Press) latest title, Missing Colours, written and illustrated by Gulnar Hajo, imaginatively and symbolically explores the hardships faced by child labourers in cities around the world.

In Missing Colours, the powerful and evocative narrative takes the reader on journey to reveal the truth of how child labourers survive in cities far away from home. Despite their adversity, which is represented by their bleak and colourless surroundings, these children are optimistic about their future, and see the few glimpses of colour around them as representative of a better life where they experience all that childhood has to offer. Their dreams are simple, and their happiness lies in a blue sky and a sweet breeze. The author/illustrator, Gulnar Hajo, was born in Damascus, Syria, where she graduated from the College of Fine Arts, University of Damascus.

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