Rescuing Two Brothers and Their Families from Kiln Slavery

Farrukh Saif

April 11, 2024

Brothers Rescued

Akram Masih and Kamran, Pakistani Christians and real brothers who were enslaved in the Brick Kiln since their childhood, were set free along with their wives and children.

When Akram was four and Kamran was two, their father started working in the Kiln almost 32 years ago. Their father, Yousaf, was facing some family issues, so he borrowed money from the Kiln.

Hardship and Persecution:

 He never knew that this short-term relief would lead him and his family into chattel slavery. Akram, his brother Kamran, and their three sisters had their childhoods ruined working at the kiln. When their sisters became adults, their father married them off, and they were fortunate enough to be liberated from kiln slavery. The kiln manager set them free by adding 50,000 PKR for each girl to their pending debt.

However, both brothers remained enslaved in the Kiln with their parents and eventually got married. The whole family worked hard to move out of debt but failed to do so. Both their parents passed away a couple of years ago. The new administration of the Kiln was not very kind to the enslaved families, and the manager was even worse.

He forced the women and girls to have intimate relations with him, even attempting it with both brothers’ wives, but they stood firm and threatened to file a police complaint if he ever attempted it again.

Due to this, the hardships on these brothers were enormously increased; they were forced to work more hours than assigned, and even deliberately, the Kiln manager rejected their bricks as imperfect and paid them a lesser amount for their work, barely enough to run their family affairs.

The worst part was that the brothers were forced to pay their debt or else be sold to another Kiln, becoming a burden to the Kiln.

Our Action:

Last month, when our organization, ECSPE, discovered the horrible stories from the kiln, we planned to rescue all the Christian families. With the help of God, we were able to rescue 26 Christian families from the brick Kilns in one night.

It was God who led and guided us to help these persecuted Christian families. And now, after their rescue, they are enjoying freedom and have started their new lives.

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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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