A Ray of Hope: Rescuing Christian Families from Kiln Slavery

Farrukh Saif

April 5, 2024

26 Families Rescued

In January 2024, a chilling incident shook the conscience of many when a minor Christian girl endured unimaginable horrors at the hands of the kiln manager, Muhammad Shahadat.

The young girl Gulnaz was callously thrown into searing flames, leaving her with severe burns, particularly on her delicate thighs. As the harrowing details of her ordeal emerged, it became apparent that hers was not an isolated case of cruelty but rather a symptom of a deeper issue plaguing the Christian community residing in kilns across the region.

We tried to rescue the family from the hospital, but the kiln workers were there, making it complicated. Plus, the family told us about other Christian families suffering in the kilns. That’s when we knew we had to take big action; according to Shahid Javed, 25 other Christian families endured similar persecution at the hands of the kiln owner and manager.

According to Shahid Javed, a local activist, there are 25 other Christian families living in fear under the shadow of the kiln’s tyranny. Their stories of abuse, exploitation, and forced labor paint a grim picture of life within the confines of the kiln walls.

After undergoing extensive treatment for her injuries, the young girl named Gulnaz was returned to the very place where her nightmare began. Determined not to let her suffer in silence any longer, a courageous team embarked on a daring rescue mission on March 8th.

The video of Gulnaz after her treatment when she returned to the kiln.

Under cover of darkness on March 8th, the team executed a full-scale operation, liberating not only Gulnaz and her family but also the 25 other families held captive by the cruel kiln owner and manager. The mission was fraught with challenges, but unwavering determination and a belief in a higher purpose fueled their efforts.

With ECSPE efforts, these rescued families breathed the air of freedom again; it was evident that their salvation was a triumph of human resilience and a testament to divine intervention. Guided by their faith and driven by a desire to right a profound injustice, the rescue team became instruments of hope in a world shrouded in darkness.

In addition to freeing them from the shackles of bondage, we ensured that these families had access to spiritual nourishment and guidance through the teachings of the Bible. Pastor Naveed and his dedicated team have been instrumental in conducting Bible classes, offering a Ray of hope and strength to those who have endured immense hardship. Through these classes, we aim to empower the rescued families with the wisdom and comfort found in the scriptures, helping them rebuild their lives on a foundation of faith and resilience.

We’ll soon be sharing the stories and videos of the families rescued on March 8th. We’re grateful to God, our generous donors, and our brave team who made this rescue mission possible.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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