Hamira, an 11 year old girl staying at Falta in South 24 Parganas, had been trafficked for labour 8 months ago and has been rescued recently. Presently, she is enrolled in the CINI IIMPACT Learning Centre. She studies in the 5th grade of the Shotol Kolsa School and goes to the CINI (Child in Need Institute) centre. She has a few friends with whom she plays in the afternoon, before attending the local Madrasa in the evening. She resides alongside her mother, brother and sister-in-law.

Eight months ago, Hamira had gone to her aunt’s house by the countryside. What started out as a vacation soon turned into a nightmare for the girl. When Hamira started complaining that she wanted to go home, her aunt sold her off to a household in Bihar where she was made to attend to a baby besides performing domestic chores. Moreover, she was subjected to beatings and physical violence. Meanwhile, her teachers back home realised that something was amiss when Hamira didn’t show up to school for a long time. They approached her mother to find out what was wrong. The mother, in a state of apprehension, called her sister to enquire about Hamira’s whereabouts; only to be threatened with abusive words and retaliation. Luckily for Hamira, she was able to get access to a phone one day and called up the local Panchayat. The Panchayat facilitated her access back home.

After she was rescued and brought back, she started going to the CINI centre again. Hamira feels happier today. She has her life back; she can go to school and play with her friends when she wants to. She has taken up drawing again. When asked about her future aims, Hamira said that she would like to work in the centre like her teacher and the other didis out there.