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Child Slavery with Rageh Omaar was broadcast in the UK on Monday, 26 March, 2007 at 2100 BST on BBC Two.

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Rageh Omaar, his production team and the BBC should be congratulated for this programme. It's exactly this high quality of programming, humane and honest, that the BBC should be rightly proud of. I wept for those kids and hope that the charities involved can be highlighted in fundraising events in future.
Fiona Barker, Manchester

Excellent programme. Rageh Omaar presented this programme superbly, allowing the facts to speak for themselves. Well done.
Chris Hargreaves, Carlisle

Praise to all those who helped make this superb documentary. I don't have any children of my own but value my own childhood enough to realise just how much has been taken from the lives of these children. A sad but very necessary programme. Thank you.
Guy Miller, Sussex

Thank you for making such a powerful and moving programme about child slavery in the midst of all the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade and the talk of reparations. The debt we owe is to the children you showed on your programme. It is they who need to benefit from any guilt we may have for the past as we make a fresh commitment to build a better future for them.
Andrew Sinclair, Oswestry

I just want to thank Rageh Omaar, the BBC and every member of the production crew spanning over six countries for making this programme, giving a voice and distinct image to the face of modern child slavery in our world today. How did we get to this point? We should feel utterly ashamed of ourselves, especially the politicians spending billions on Trident and never-ending wars - it is many of those same wars that child slavery and economic suffering are born from. Thanks again for putting this programme out. Awareness is an important step.
Asim Haneef, London

A well-made and thought-provoking documentary, well done Rageh Omaar and team. I'd like to think that this programme might just convince those who can bring an end to this misery, to act. Sadly though I was left thinking the problem is just too big to combat. We should all stop and think about this programme next time we start to whinge about our trivial, so- called problems.
Pete Lambert, Bromley

I knew that it wouldn't be pleasant viewing and that I would feel depressed after watching this, but I dared myself to face something real rather than another soap or sitcom. I am so glad that I did. I will never forget the plight of these children and will endeavour to do something to help no matter how small. As a first time mum this programme truly touched my heart. It reminded me how unbelievably lucky we are to have the opportunities in life that we have.
Nicola Moore, Norfolk

Amazing programme and deeply moving. It has motivated me to find out what I can do to help in some way. Thanks Rageh for highlighting the issue of child slavery and for the BBC showing true "reality TV".
Roy Mulcahy, Switzerland

Thank you for bringing the plight of so many children to our TV screens tonight. Many times I was bought to tears but none more so than when the mother who, on the safe return of her son, said "Why have you come home to add to my sorrows". What a sad world we live in when a mother is forced to think like this. I'm sure those words will haunt me for a long time - in fact I hope they do so I can do what I can to help.
Helen David, Gloucestershire

I found the programme very distressing; my children are so fortunate. As adults, we have a personal and moral responsibility to protect and value the lives of children worldwide, to do everything within our capability to help eradicate child slavery and improve the lives of these children, who will be the next generation. Please let us know how we can help, poverty is a terrible thing! I would never wish this upon my children.
Moira Johnson, Bristol

Thank you for making such a powerful and important programme. As Rageh said, we all see these children when we travel and to a certain extent we are aware of their stories. But it's too easy to turn a blind eye, and excuse it with the idea that "that's just the way things are". How disgusting that thought is. The international community must do all it can to help stop these appalling practices. Poverty is no excuse for exploitation.
Rachel, London

I have just watched Rageh Omaar's programme on the child slaves of the world. I was drawn to tears. I am so pleased that the BBC have seen fit to bring this to the attention of its viewers. Thank you! I hope that one day soon all these children will be freed. Keep up the good work.
Eileen Haselden, Nottingham

A great documentary. Well done BBC.
Pete Roe, Bristol

It was a real eye opener. I would really like to be reassured that Ruhal is OK and that someone is looking after him. You cannot do a programme like this and then forget these children.
Marie Louise Paterson, West Midlands

This was the most touching programme I have ever seen. I myself am from the Philippines and have witnessed first-hand children living in conditions so poor that my heart almost sunk when reality hit. You managed to catch the very essence of the issues we need to address.
Jay, London

An immensely powerful, moving, upsetting and, occasionally, hopeful film for which the BBC and Rageh Omaar should be congratulated. The scale of the problem seems so insurmountable, but the importance of shining such a direct light on the issues that make slavery, trafficking and bonded labour such a shameful stain on the conscience of the world cannot be underestimated.
Richard, London

I found the programme interesting and heart-breaking, but as with many of these programmes I'm left with the feeling "what can I do to help?" Where do I begin? I don't just want to sit back and think "oh how sad".
Lulu Minto, Warwickshire

A fascinating programme that really opened my eyes to a world so completely different to our own. I had no idea that a lot of these awful things were going on and that children were treated in such a terrible way.
Lorna Hamilton, Reading

The issues raised in the powerful documentary with Rageh Omaar was extremely moving. I am 20 years old, not far from the age of these children. It makes me very sad to think that they will never experience a childhood as free as mine. It makes me ashamed to be a human being when some of us can treat people in this way. I wish child slavery didn't exist and I long for the day when people can really celebrate the abolition of slavery.
Joe Lang, Southend-on-Sea

A thought-provoking documentary bringing home the harsh reality of the world we all like to pretend doesn't exist. Very well presented and directed. Particularly ironic was the shot of a young fisher boy sat on a boat decorated with the text: "Who is free?" Everybody ought to see this programme to gain a more balanced perspective.
Marysia, Cambridgeshire

I am a 14 year old girl. My mother and I watched the documentary and it opened our eyes to the sheer poverty and ill-treatment of children in the developing world. It made me realise how much I take for granted in my very easy life. Children should be able to be children and not be sold into slavery.
Megan McGurk, Scotland

I would never let my own children go through this, but how easy is that to say for someone like me? Someone who has food, water, a home, a bed and a roof over my head.
Juicena, Bristol

Brilliant and thoughtful programme. Very disturbing and moving. What can ordinary people do about it? Is it just up to governments? How can we make a difference?
Brenda Bell, Storrington

Such a sad programme but very sensitively made. What can we do? I know Rageh gave an overview of what could be done mentioning economic and political change, but what can I do as an individual today - can I make a difference somehow?
Sam McGahan, Brightwalton

As horrifying as I expected it to be, the trauma of hearing the female relative of the Indian boy bemoaning and wailing that he had been returned to "add to her sorrows" will stay with me for a long time. Thank you for an insightful and thought-provoking film.
Sarah Wolf, Somerset

Moving, unbiased, educational - these are just some of the words that describe this perfectly produced and directed documentary. Rageh Omaar should also be praised for his presenting skills which included scenes of simple respect with the children he was filming with.
Tracie Anderson, Bromley

I have just finished watching the child slavery programme and it made me weep. I thank you so much for highlighting such a critical dilemma.
Fazal Haider, Glasgow

This was an emotionally shattering documentary. I have missed Rageh Omaar's presence at the BBC and this programme highlighted some of the reasons why. It was a very well-researched, very comprehensive and of course excellently presented documentary.
Zahra , Manchester

Rageh, thanks for having the courage to cover this subject. I work with victims of trafficking and sex-workers. It broke my heart to see the kids being deported. But thank God for the project in Vietnam working with the rescued children. Thanks and lets have more of it!
Estelle Blake, London



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