There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected,
that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want
and that they can grow up in peace.
– Kofi Annan,
former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,
and if you continue to use the labor of children as the
treatment for the social disease of poverty,
you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.
– Grace Abbott
Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies is,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children.
–President Dwight David Eisenhower
Hundreds of millions of children spend their
childhood working and do not have an opportunity to
play, go to school, or live in a healthy environment.
There is no room for complacency when 215 million children
are still laboring to survive and
more than half of these are exposed to the
worst forms of child labor, including slavery and
involvement in armed conflict.
We cannot allow the eradication of child labor
to slip down the development agenda.
All countries should be striving to
achieve this target, individually and collectively.
– Juan Somavia,
former Director-General of the International Labour Organization
Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and
dolphins from tuna nets,
the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.
– Anna Quindlen
34 replies on “Sacred Trust”
Such nice pictures. So sad that world!!!!
You have seen so very much – with a kind, very caring heart. Thank You We met briefly at your opening on Nantucket this summer. Take good care
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Stunning images and beautiful post. I hope it will happen one day but I’m not optimistic that it will during my lifetime
watching your pictures today I think I am a great egostist and don’t do anything to make things change. My daughters were lucky: they went to school, they played, they enjoyed life and now have a good job, and I’m happy for them. what if they were born in a difficult country?
So absolutely true. I’m not against science, but feeding, loving, and caring for our children is way more important that what a “black hole” looks like. Until we have a world that puts people first, all else is secondary. Thanks for this great article and your bravery to put yourself in danger to capture the heart rending images.
Thank you dear Steve for this presentation of the sacred.
May all be blessed.
Their eyes say it all… where there should be playfullness, hope, innocence, curiosity, there is bitterness, loss of all illusions, cynicism…
Every picture and quote tugs at the heartstrings….children are so vulnerable and a pressure free childhood seems a privilege.
I love this post
hola steve sol un gran amirador de tu persona y de tu trabajo fotografico siento una gran pasion por la fotografia ,y en verdad quiero felicitarte ,pero en esta serie de fotos que ha tomado de los ninos en trabajo mea movido el corazon ,
Painful reality to see it but much more to live for all those children. Moves my heart and soul and I hope so my steps, what could each one to do from the place we are?
How can we expect tomorrows adults to behave selflessly and with compassion if today’s children aren’t treated with dignity and respect? Thank you for continuing to shed a bright light on the issue of Children’s Rights.
Someone above posed the question “What can be done?” It’s simple, consider the consequences of every purchase we make, every vote we cast, and every opportunity we allow to pass without speaking out against injustice.
Thank you for that wonderful post. You are so right that we the world thinks and talks about a lot of things before children’s rights and well-being.
Thank you for theis post I posted a comment on this blog yet I am anable to view y comment Thank you Mansukh Shah
Thank you for these amazing yet poignant images of these children. They have such a hard lives and it seems so unfair, what indeed can we do ?
Great quotes and powerful photos. I have seen child labor in fabrics of Bangladesh and in the streets of the world as parents make their kids beg, sell, or perform for money. It is heartbreaking to see. What can I do as an average citizen to help?
This is painful
Heartbreaking images and a vital message. Thank you, Steve.
I love your work. Congratulations.
This is something so beautifull and horrible at the same time.
I have no more words.
I look forward to your images with message arriving in my emails. This one is very difficult to browse through. The faces of these children broke my heart this morning. What hard lives they have from a young age. I found it difficult to take my eyes off a few of the images, trying to read those young faces.
Thank you for such a poignant post.
Reblogging to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms
Such poignant images tug at our hearts. May this photo essay lead to the deliverance of some children.
As always your pictures are amazing and the quotes are just perfect
Thank you for this important, essential, informational post — the plight of children is often relegated to people shaking their heads and tsking and moving on as if this is a trivial matter ‘someplace else’ when in reality the plight of children is the future of all of us, and of the children raised in privilege, too, whose world is and will be shared with the ones who faced impossible adversity and its consequences.
Wonderful images (as usual) but a most disturbing message.
Times are changing, may your awareness program find wings until it reaches the doors of heaven, which I am sure which is happening, it is a global disgrace and shame on every leaders desk, amen
YOU’RE TERRIFIC and GREATLY APPRECIATED!! BEST BLESSINGS
What can be done? Is there something that you are doing? Is there something we can do right now? Just curious cause I dont think just talking to the family can help in anyway.
Steve, I don’t know how you keep amazing me. Each post holds a thousand emotions. Thank you