Free From Chains: A Chronicle of Patience, Religious Pressure, and Liberation

Farrukh Saif

January 16, 2024

Marden Day Slavery

In the center of Punjab, Pakistan, the story of Sarafin and Diwan Masih unravels, exposing the harsh realities of life tied to a brick kiln. As Sarafin shares her tale, a story of resilience, love, and the pursuit of freedom emerges from the darkness of debt, sickness, and religious pressure.

Debilitated by Debt:

Sarafin and Diwan Masih, who have been enslaved at a brick kiln since their youth, found themselves trapped in a financial crisis. They were weighed down by an overwhelming debt of 800,000 PKR, which forced them to make tough decisions in the face of adversity. The debt burden dictated their choices, and they had to navigate a complex maze of challenges to find a way out. It is worth mentioning that Sarafin and Diwan Masih are Persecuted Christians.

Familial Trials:

The couple had three children – two sons and a daughter – whom they married off and sent on their separate paths. When Diwan became ill, Sarafin and her daughter worked hard at the kiln to support the family financially and fund his medical treatments. Diwan faced numerous health problems and eventually had to have his leg amputated, leading to a surge in medical expenses. This pushed the family deeper into debt.

Exploitation and Intimidation:

Christians in Pakistan are generally marginalized, often becoming hostages to economic conditions. The majority of landlords or kiln owners exploit their situation, subjecting them to great debt. Christians and other religious minorities frequently face religious discrimination and persecution in Pakistan.

The brick kiln, initially a source of livelihood, morphed into a breeding ground for exploitation and harassment. The merciless kiln owners coerced relentless labor, even in times of sickness. Threats and violence loomed over the family if the imposed demands were not met. The vulnerability of the situation exacerbated when inebriated intruders invaded homes, particularly those with young girls, subjecting them to harassment and assault.

Religious Persecution: Rescue Mission

Adding another layer of torment, the son of the kiln owner, aligned with Islamic clerics, targeted Sarafin’s family for religious conversion. Employing threats and intimidation, he demanded their embrace of Islam and the marriage of their daughter to him. Unyielding in her faith, Sarafin resisted forsaking her belief in Jesus Christ. The family lived in perpetual dread, yet their steadfast faith became an anchor of strength.

Amid these challenging circumstances, ECSPE became a Ray of hope for Sarafin and her daughter. Recognizing their dire situation, we devised a comprehensive plan to rescue them from the clutches of this miserable life. Our mission is to aid and uplift persecuted Christians, and upon learning about their plight, we mobilized our resources to extend a helping hand.

ECSPE is not just an organization; we are a lifeline for those ensnared in situations of oppression and adversity. Offering more than just assistance, we provide a sympathetic ear and, most significantly, a concrete pathway to emancipation. Our commitment to rescuing persecuted Christians is unwavering, and we stand as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and action in the face of injustice.

Faith and Freedom:

Sarafin attributes her emancipation to an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Grateful for the organization that became an instrument of rescue, she acknowledges both human intervention and divine providence in their journey to freedom. Sarafin’s tale is a testament to humanity’s indomitable spirit, the potency of faith, and the transformative influence of empathy in the face of adversity.

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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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