Benish’s Story: Escaping Forced Marriage And Slavery

Farrukh Saif

May 4, 2024

Benish Nadeem

Benish, a young Christian girl from Pakistan, went through a tough time when her family got trapped in slavery at a brick kiln where they worked. Her story tells us how tough life can be for Christians in the Pakistan.

Benish’s father, Nadeem Masih, and her four siblings worked hard at a brick kiln to make money. When Benish’s younger brother got hurt, her father borrowed money from the kiln owner to pay for his treatment. But paying back the loan became really tough for the family, making them vulnerable to the kiln owner’s demands.

Facing Pressure:

The kiln owner, who was much older than Benish, started bothering her. He kept asking her to convert to Islam and marry him. He said he would waive their debt and give them more money. Benish, being a strong believer in her Christian faith, felt stressed and prayed to God for help.

Minorities in Pakistan, especially Christians. Were often forced to change their religion or marry against their will. Women and girls often get targeted and mistreated by powerful people. And because authorities don’t always protect them, many feel trapped.

Listen to her story:

A Ray of Hope:

Just when Benish felt hopeless, our organization, ECSPE, came to help her family. We rescued Benish and other Christian families from the clutches of slavery. We provided them with new accommodations, jobs, and education for their children.

We request you to join us in freeing enslaved families and empowering them to rebuild their lives. Your support whether through prayers or financial contributions—can bring tangible change to those who have suffered greatly. Together, let’s bring hope and liberation to those deprived of their basic rights. Stand with us in solidarity as we work tirelessly to eradicate slavery and ensure every enslaved person can live with dignity and freedom.

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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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