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Once Trafficked, Anoyara Khatun is now an International Child Rights Crusader

She said when she started raising her voice, the villagers did not take her seriously.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:October 3, 2016, 3:30 PM IST
Once Trafficked, Anoyara Khatun is now  an International Child Rights Crusader
Anoyara Khatun attends the Every Woman Every Child Press Briefing at The Yale Club on September 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)

Kolkata: An 18-year-old girl, who was trafficked from the remote islands of Sundarbans in West Bengal, is today an international child rights crusader and has been invited twice to speak at the United Nations.

Having met UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, Anoyara Khatun is now a hero in her Sandeshkhali village in North 24 Parganas district.

"Telling the stories from my village before an international audience and listening to stories from all over the world has made me more strong as an activist," Khatun, who was once trafficked as a child domestic worker due to poverty, told PTI.

As a youth leader guided by international NGO 'Save the Children,' she is now leading 80 groups of children, each having about 10-20 members who are fighting against evils like child marriage, trafficking, child labour, besides other issues related to health and education.

She said when she started raising her voice, the villagers did not take her seriously.

"I faced a lot of criticism, but now things have changed. People have started listening to me," the young activist said. Last year, she had attended the Sustainable Development Goals Summit at the United Nations and this year she represented the children of India at the UN General Assembly.

Besides meeting big names, she also met many child activists from different countries who suffered more trouble in their lives than her, but are now leading the fight for change in the society.

She said that a meeting with Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman from Iraq, who is now the UN Goodwill Ambassador for dignity of survivors of human trafficking, reduced her into tears.

"She has lost a lot in her life. I wonder how she could fight so much. She is now a big inspiration in my life," Khatun said, adding she was developing a network of child activists from all over the world.

"The countries may be different but our problems are the same," she added.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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