Breaking Chains: Two Christian Girls And Their Families Liberated from Slavery

Farrukh Saif

May 7, 2024

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In a country where Christians face ongoing discrimination and persecution, the stories of Sana and Mehak are two young Christian girls from Pakistan. These girls, along with their families, have endured the unimaginable horrors of being trapped in a life of slavery, forced to labor under inhumane conditions, and subjected to sexual assault due to their religious beliefs.

Sana’s Story:

Sana, a member of a family of three sisters, found herself and her loved ones enslaved at a brick kiln after her father, David Masih, took out a loan for her elder sister’s wedding. The kiln’s management refused to let the family go, trapping them in a cycle of Slavery.

Sana’s harrowing account reveals the depths of their suffering as she recounts the sexual harassment she and her sisters faced from the kiln manager’s sons. Despite the trauma and hardship, Sana remains grateful to God and our organization, ECSPE, for rescuing her family and providing them with a safe haven and a chance at a better life.

Listen to her story:

Mehak’s Story:

Mehak, the second young Christian girl featured in this article, is the eldest of five siblings. Her father, Ayub Masih, had to take out a loan from the kiln due to his kidney disease, forcing the entire family to work at the brick kiln to pay off the debt.

Mehak’s story is a testament to the vulnerability of Christian girls in Pakistan, as she describes the harassment she endured from the kiln owner’s son, who would tease her and make inappropriate advances.

Mehak and her family prayed for their liberation, and their prayers were answered when we ECSPE intervened, freeing them from the shackles of slavery.

Listen to her story:

These stories shed light on the dire situation faced by many Christians in Pakistan, particularly women and girls who are doubly marginalized due to their gender and religious identity as Christians.

The sexual assault and harassment experienced by Sana and Mehak are not isolated incidents but rather a reflection of the systemic oppression and violence that Christian minorities face in the country.

It has been observed that Christian persecution in Pakistan is increasing every year, making it unsafe for the Christian community in the country.

We kindly request your assistance in our mission to rescue and protect our Christian brothers and sisters who are trapped in slavery or facing persecution due to their faith in Christ.

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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