The Stories of Kala and Arshad Masih: Rescuing Christian Families from Kiln Slavery in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

May 30, 2024

Kala and Arshad Masih: Rescuing Christian Families

The issue of slavery in Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable situations, with thousands of Christians trapped. A couple of days ago, among the thousands of Christians, we rescued 18 families, totaling around 121 individuals. The situation of these families was not different from the others we rescued; all of them have different stories of maltreatment.

These Families lived in abject poverty, sharing small and poor-condition living quarters on the kiln premises and earning meager wages of less than $1 per day. Half of that amount was often deducted for debt repayment. Some were in colossal debt, while others were in debt for a few thousand Rupees.

While slavery or bonded labor is illegal in Pakistan, enforcement is lacking due to corruption and the influence of influential kiln owners with political connections.

Today We are sharing the story of two families:

Kala Masih And Family:

Kala Masih spent a lifetime working in the brick kilns, starting as a child and continuing well into old age. His children, who joined him in the harsh labor from a young age, also suffered from the same fate. Life was an endless cycle of toil and suffering for the family.

“If we worked one day, we would fall sick the next,” Masih recounts, highlighting the grueling conditions they endured. The kiln manager’s exploitation was relentless, paying them mere pennies while recording hefty amounts in the books, ensuring their perpetual debt and bondage.

But a remarkable turn of events changed their lives. “By the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, these Pastors helped us and set us free from slavery,” Masih says with gratitude.

Thanks to the intervention of a dedicated team in Pakistan, Masih and his family have finally broken free from the chains of the kiln. Now, they live happily in their own homes, a contrast to their years of suffering.

“We have suffered a lot in our entire lives, but now we are happy,” Masih reflects, expressing heartfelt thanks to our organization. This story stands as a testament to the power of faith, community support, and the enduring human spirit.

Listen to Kala Masih:

Arshad Masih And Family:

Arshad Masih has spent the last twenty years working in the oppressive conditions of a brick kiln. Alongside him were his wife, four children, and sisters, all toiling under the same harsh circumstances.

 “We are thankful to the organization (ECSPE) and God for rescuing us from slavery,” says Arshad, reflecting on their newfound freedom. Life at the kiln was a constant struggle. Workers were paid meager wages for backbreaking labor and were often required to do extra work without fair compensation.

The suffering didn’t end there. “They even harassed our women and girls,” Arshad recounts, his voice heavy with the weight of those memories. Both of the Sisters of the Arshad were Sexually exploited, and we will be publishing their stories separately in the coming days.

Despite these severe hardships, the family’s resilience never wavered. Their liberation came through the efforts of our dedicated team.

“We are thankful to them for liberating us from slavery,” Arshad expresses with heartfelt gratitude. Now, free from the kiln’s grip, his family looks forward to a future filled with hope and dignity. These testimonies of Arshad Masih and Kala Maish and their families’ liberation are a powerful testament to the enduring human spirit and the impact of compassionate intervention.

Listen to the Story of Arshad Masih:

Join us in Rescuing these Persecuted Christians. Your Small help can Change the lives of these Christians.

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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