“Whoever does not show mercy to our young ones, or acknowledge the rights of our elders, is not one of us.” (Ahmad)
When 16-year-old Mohammed’s father passed away, his whole world was destroyed. His mother tried to find work and Mohammed dropped out of school to become a rickshaw driver, becoming one of the 5,000 children living on the streets of Lahore. Out of education and forced to grow up too soon, Mohammed fell into drug use.
“I made some new friends; one of my friends was a drug addict but I didn’t know,” said Mohammed. “He was always around me. That’s how I fell into taking drugs.”
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Forgotten, alone, and on the streets. Children living on the streets of Pakistan and Bangladesh struggle to avoid exploitation and abuse.
“You become addicted and sick”
It’s impossible for a child to survive without someone to protect and support them. When a child is forced to fend for themselves, they are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and drug addiction. Without his father and facing desperation, Mohammed fell into drug use.
“It’s such a bad thing that once it touches your veins, you become addicted and sick. It’s impossible for you to get up. When I take the drug I’m able to move and talk, but after 15 minutes, the cravings start again, that’s how addictive it is.”
Sadly, two of Mohammed’s brothers passed away from drug use, one of them died just after we spoke to him. Mohammed is now the last son that his mother has left.
“I pray Allah forgives his sins”
“When I saw my brother’s dead body, I was in shock. I was the one who started drugs, and my brothers followed me. I saw his body... I never thought my brother would die. He was a good person, it was the addiction that destroyed him. When I try to comfort my mum, she cries, saying she can’t believe her son died because of drugs.
“I pray Allah forgives his sins and grants him the highest place in paradise… Now I pray to Allah that I can stop taking drugs and be helpful to my mum.”
No child should be left to fend for themselves, without guidance, food, or support. Islam teaches us the blessings for compassion, and for saving a life.
Donate to our street children support centres in Lahore and Dhaka, and help us to save children from a life of drugs on the streets.
“Whoever does not show mercy to our young ones, or acknowledge the rights of our elders, is not one of us.”Ahmad