Race to break camel slavery
DAVID ORR IN DELHI
THE louder the child jockeys scream in pain the faster the camels to which they are strapped run. Many of the tiny riders have been left to die from the appalling injuries suffered on the desert race courses; their bodies dumped in unmarked graves.
Kidnapped or bought from their poverty-stricken parents in Pakistan or Bangladesh, children as young as three are being smuggled into the Gulf states to take part in the lucrative sport of camel racing.
"The food theyâ€™re given in the camps is dirty and unhygienic, worse than the food given to the racing camels. They have to feed the camels, but are beaten if they try to eat the animalsâ€™ food.
"They sleep in hot, crowded huts made from corrugated irons sheets. Itâ€™s boiling hot out in the desert yet they have to train twice or three times a day. Itâ€™s hard and painful work and, after a while, the boys have permanent damage to their sexual organs from bouncing up and down on the camels.
Islam sure is a wonderful place three year olds strapped on camels, beaten, starved and sexually abused.