Rescue Christians: Naeem Masih’s Liberation From Slavery After 30 Years

Farrukh Saif

April 25, 2024

Naeem Maish

Naeem Masih’s story is a testament to human exploitation and resilience. Trapped in the merciless cycle of debt bondage for over three decades in the northeast of Punjab, Pakistan, Naeem’s story is about the harsh reality faced by thousands of Christians trapped in modern-day slavery in Pakistan. Christians in Pakistan face discrimination, hardship, and persecution, with slavery being one of the most dangerous forms of oppression.

Naeem’s Story:

It all began innocently enough, or so it seemed. Thirty years ago, Naeem Masih found himself caught in the web of indebtedness after borrowing approximately 250,000 PKR (equivalent to about 800 dollars at the time) to finance his sister’s wedding. Little did he know that this seemingly modest loan would mark the beginning of a relentless struggle against an insidious system designed to exploit the vulnerable.

Forced to toil away in the unforgiving conditions of a brick kiln alongside his wife and son, Naeem soon realized that escaping the clutches of debt was no easy feat. Despite their tireless efforts and backbreaking labor, the specter of indebtedness loomed large, casting a shadow over their hopes for a better future.

As the years passed, the burden of debt only grew heavier, exacerbating the family’s plight and pushing them to the brink of despair. With each passing day, the walls seemed to close in on them, suffocating their dreams and aspirations beneath the weight of financial bondage.

The Lust and Greed of Kiln Owner:

To make matters worse, the kiln manager, fueled by greed and moral depravity, sought to exploit Naeem’s vulnerability further by demanding that he marry his daughter to him. This vile proposition, coupled with the manager’s lecherous advances towards Naeem’s daughter, plunged the family into a nightmare from which there seemed to be no escape.

Refusing to succumb to the indignity of forced marriage and the violation of their dignity, Naeem and his family found themselves at a crossroads, faced with an impossible choice: pay off the debt or sacrifice their daughter’s autonomy on the altar of exploitation.

Our Action:

At this critical juncture, we at (ECSPE), committed to combating modern-day slavery and empowering survivors, intervened to offer hope amidst the darkness.

Upon learning of Naeem’s dire circumstances, ECSPE mobilized its resources to orchestrate a daring rescue mission, liberating the family from the shackles of bondage and providing them with a new lease on life.

But the organization’s assistance didn’t end there. Recognizing the importance of holistic support in facilitating the family’s transition to freedom, ECSPE extended a helping hand to Naeem and his loved ones, offering them access to education, vocational training, and sustainable livelihood opportunities.

We invite you to join us in the rescue of persecuted Christians who are currently enslaved or imprisoned for their faith.

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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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