Teen Crusader turns to writing
by Amber Rider
Kielburger, the Toronto teen who became a much publicized
crusader against child labour, has now taken on the role of
His book - Free the Children - is to be released today. It
tells the stories of children he's encountered working in
"I wanted to give something back to all the children who
have inspired me by telling their stories in this book,"
said Kielburger, who was in Calgary Friday on a promotional
All proceeds from the book are being used to fund projects
established by Free The Children, also the name of his
The aim of the book is to also encourage people, both young
and old, to get educated and active about the reality of
international child labour, Kielburger said.
"I hope this book inspires people because the stories of the
children, their hopes and their dreams, inspired me so
Kielburger was inspired in 1995 by reading about Iqbal
Mahish, a 12 year old Pakistani activist who was murdered
for telling the world his experiences as a carpet weaver.