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The Words of a Child…

I had no rights

As I sat under a tree on day
A man offered me sweets and
Took me away.

In a cupboard I was locked
It seemed forever the light blocked.

I had to work day and night
We couldn't out up a fight.

I didn't have no food
When the man was in a mood.

Two years went past and I didn't see
Any of my family.

We didn't play and didn't talk
Some children couldn't even walk.

If we were ill, some would die
Then I would cry.

The Police arrived and set us free
So I could go back and sit under
My tree.

Conor MacDonald
Student,Knights Enham JuniorSchool

From the CBU Children's Rights Center



Cassandra Clifford

Cassandra Clifford is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which works to enhance and improve the services and opportunities available to survivors of modern slavery. She holds an M.A., International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, as well as a B.A., Marketing and A.S., Fashion Merchandise/Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Cassandra has previously worked in both the corporate and charity sector for various industries and causes, including; Child Trafficking, Learning Disabilities, Publishing, Marketing, Public Relations and Fashion. Currently Cassandra is conducting independent research on the use of rape as a weapon of war, as well as America’s Pimp Culture and its Impact on Modern Slavery. In addition to her many purists Cassandra is also working to develop a series of children’s books.

Cassandra currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where she also writes for the Examiner, as the DC Human Rights Examiner, and serves as an active leadership member of DC Stop Modern Slavery.

Areas of Focus:
Children's Rights; Human Rights; Conflict