Scorched Dreams: Gulnaaz’s Ordeal and the Battle for Freedom

Farrukh Saif

January 25, 2024

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In the quiet outskirts of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan where, the heart-wrenching incident unfolded in the already bleak life of Shahid Javed Masih, an enslaved Christian working in a brick kiln. The Masih family, who had endured years of relentless labor under the oppressive thumb of the kiln owner, Rana Sher Ali, faced an unimaginable tragedy that would forever alter the course of their lives.

A Daughter’s Agony: Gulnaaz was Thrown into the Kiln’s Fury

Two weeks ago, the horror befell the Masih family when Gulnaaz, Javed’s young daughter, aged 10 years refused to work in the kiln. In a cruel turn of events orchestrated by the heartless kiln manager, Gulnaaz was thrown into the searing flames of the burning spot where the bricks were baked. The brutality of the act left her with severe burns, particularly on her delicate thighs, a stark reminder of the unforgiving conditions they endured.

Word of Gulnaaz’s suffering reached our organization’s ECSPE (Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved) team member in Faisalabad. Disturbed by the misery inflicted upon the Masih family, the team decided to take action. However, the grim reality presented a formidable challenge – Gulnaaz, in her agonizing state, could neither walk nor be carried by anyone within the kiln.

ECSPE’s Mission: Breaking the Chains of Child Slavery and Poverty

Undeterred, the ECSPE team began negotiating with the unyielding kiln owner, Rana Sher Ali. For the past 48 hours, discussions unfolded in an attempt to secure the release of the Masih family. Despite the urgency of Gulnaaz’s condition, Ali insisted that the outstanding loan of 570,000 PKR (2192 $) be repaid before any liberation could occur.

Simultaneously, the ECSPE team initiated medical treatment for Gulnaaz within the confines of the kiln, a race against time to alleviate her suffering. A plea was extended to the broader community to keep the young girl in their prayers as her fate hung precariously in the balance.

The dedication of the ECSPE team to rescue Gulnaaz and her family became a ray of hope amid the darkness that enveloped their lives. As negotiations and medical efforts unfolded, the team fervently prayed for divine guidance to pave the way for the liberation of the Masih family. Their collective hope was that, through combined efforts and divine intervention, the family could find the strength to break free from the chains of bondage and despair and start anew.

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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