Adnan Masih: A Story of Hope and Redemption from Bondage

Farrukh Saif

April 8, 2024

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In the heart of Pakistan, amidst the vast expanse of brick kilns, where the air hangs heavy with dust and despair, a glimmer of hope exists. Last month, 26 Christian families were rescued from the clutches of modern-day slavery in the brick kilns of Pakistan. Among them was Adnan Masih, a 24-year-old man whose journey from bondage to freedom serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Adnan’s story is not uncommon in the harsh reality of the brick kilns. Born into poverty, Adnan was thrust into labor at a tender age to support his family. His father, Amir Masih, burdened by debt incurred to pay for his wife’s medical treatment, sought employment in the kiln, hoping for a better future. However, what awaited them was a cycle of exploitation and oppression.

From a young age, Adnan toiled alongside his father, enduring backbreaking labor in the burning heat. They worked tirelessly, hoping to chip away at their debt. Yet, instead of progress, their debt ballooned, ensnaring them further into the grips of their masters. When Amir passed away, the weight of the debt fell squarely on Adnan’s shoulders, exacerbating his plight.

In 2019, Adnan dared to escape the confines of the kiln, driven by a desperate desire for freedom. For six fleeting days, he tasted liberation, only to be hunted down and subjected to brutal reprisals upon his capture. The kiln owner and manager, unwilling to relinquish their hold, inflicted unimaginable torment upon Adnan, leaving him physically broken and emotionally shattered.

Despite the agony inflicted upon him, Adnan’s thoughts were consumed not by his own suffering but by the future of his loved ones. He and his wife wept for their children, yearning for a life free from the shackles of poverty and exploitation. Their dreams were simple yet profound – education, opportunity, and a chance for their children to break free from the cycle of bondage.

Their prayers were answered when a Ray of hope emerged in the form of a rescue operation led by compassionate individuals dedicated to combating modern slavery. Adnan and his family were liberated from their oppressors and ushered into a new chapter of their lives. They were provided shelter, employment, and, most importantly, the opportunity to pursue Biblical education for their spiritual growth.

Now, nestled in the safety of a new community, Adnan and his family are rebuilding their lives brick by brick, reclaiming their dignity and embracing the promise of a brighter tomorrow. Their journey serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is hope, and through collective action and compassion, we can break the chains of bondage and restore humanity’s faith in justice and redemption.

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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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