Trapped in Slavery: The Tale of Anwar Masih’s Family in Punjab, Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

May 20, 2024

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In the heart of Punjab, Pakistan, the Anwar Masih family’s life was overshadowed by the horrible realities of slavery. This is the story of Anwar Masih, his daughter Dania, and their fight for freedom against a backdrop of persecution, harassment, and exploitation at a brick kiln.

The Shackles of Bondage:

Anwar Masih, a father of four, found himself and his family trapped in the vicious cycle of slavery prevalent in various parts of South Asia. The family worked at a brick kiln, laboring under the scorching sun and molding bricks daily to repay an insurmountable debt. The oppressive conditions and the relentless demands of their overseers left them with little hope for liberation.

Dania’s Nightmare:

Dania, the eldest daughter, recounts the harrowing experiences her family endured.  The kiln, a place meant for production, became a site of profound suffering for the Masih family. The manager of the kiln and his cohorts were notorious for their vile behavior and harassment. They hurled filthy insults and subjected the workers to an environment of constant fear and degradation.

Dania vividly remembers a day that exemplifies the brutal reality they faced. “One day, he offered her some money for his dirty desires,” she recalls. Alone and vulnerable, Dania was approached by the manager, who attempted to lure her into an isolated room. Mustering all her courage, she firmly refused his advances. “she replied with a firm no. But shouted and ran from there.”

Her Story:

A Mother’s Helplessness:

When Dania confided in her mother about the manager’s vile proposition, she was met with a heart-wrenching reality. Her mother, bound by the constraints of their debt, expressed their helplessness. “We cannot do anything because we had taken a loan from them,” her mother said, encapsulating the desperate predicament of countless families trapped in similar situations. The promise of freedom lay in the distant hope of repaying the loan—a feat that seemed almost impossible given their meager earnings and the kiln’s exploitative practices.

Our Action:

When We (ECSPE) found out about the persecution of this family, we planned to rescue them from harassment and exploitation. We not only rescued them but also provided them with the opportunity to restart their lives. Now the family is free and enjoying their lives, and we are thankful to God for using us to help and save people like them.

We urge you to join us in this greater mission to rescue persecuted 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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