We have all come to know the images of young boys and girls stacking bricks in Durbar Square where temples once stood tall. And how what started off as a catastrophe wrought by nature has become a manmade disaster.
Children are particularly vulnerable to being forced into labor, trafficked from rural areas to cities and then trafficked again within cities. They can't communicate assertively and are physically powerless next to most adults.
Our world is changing faster than ever and if you ask any teacher, they will tell you that one of the greatest challenges they face is to educate a generation of children today for a set of jobs that will arise tomorrow.
Damascus was a beautiful city full of generous people who seemed charmed by my attempts at Arabic and eager to show me their city and country. Then came the Iraq war. I had to leave in March 2003 and I never made it back.
CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery since 2002, and considering the fact that child labour is one dominant form of slavery in this generation, I decided to interview CNN Executive Editor Mr. Leif Coorlim.
Just 72 hours ago in the Indian capital of Delhi 14 children were freed from slave labour. They were being held in dark, insanitary conditions and forced to work for up to 15 hours a day making Christmas decorations.