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  • Name:Raul Antonio
  • Country:Dominican Republic
  • Age:18
  • Issue:Child Labor
  • Nominated by:Fundacion La Merced

“If children and youth are not aware of their rights, there will still be slaves in the future”

Raul Antonio's Story

Raul lives together with his mother and siblings in a poor community in the Dominican Republic. His mother is unemployed and struggles to provide for the family. When they were younger, Raul and his brother had to work on the street as shoeshine boys. He is now finishing high school, and alongside his schoolwork, Raul is an enthusiastic promoter of children’s rights, particularly as regards child labor. Every year, for example, he takes part in the walk against child labor as one of its leaders. Through his activities, Raul has become a role model for his community. He wants to keep promoting children’s rights and to increase his impact in his community, his country and even the world. On top of that, Raul wants to continue his education and become a civil engineer.


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