Yousaf and Najam’s Journey to Freedom from Modern-Day Slavery

Farrukh Saif

February 28, 2024


Yousaf Masih, a Pakistani Christian, and his wife Najam found themselves stuck in a challenging situation at a brick kiln in Punjab, Pakistan. Life was hard, with the added pressure from the kiln owner and manager, who made things even more difficult for Christian families like theirs.

Their family, comprising two daughters and one boy, faced a relentless struggle. Yousaf’s tough time started when his father borrowed money for his sister’s wedding decades ago. Because of the debt, they had to move to the brick kiln when Yousaf was just a kid. Growing up there wasn’t easy, facing the challenges of being Christian in a place where persecution was common. Yousaf inherited his father’s debt and his family’s struggles. Yousaf has worked with his parents and three siblings at Down to Dust since he was seven. Over the decades, their debt increased by Millions of Pak Rupees.

 Yousaf and Najam faced additional challenges as the kiln guards and manager often harassed Najam. There were even instances when they attempted to assault her. This added a distressing layer to their difficult life, making the struggle for freedom even more urgent.

Najam, who was quite good-looking, the Manager, offered her that if she could have a sexual relationship with him, he could wave off some of the debt.

Yousaf and other Christian Enslaved workers were pressured to convert to Islam in the manager’s office. Despite resisting, he and others had to endure physical assaults. Further, they all were given a deadline to pay the debt.

Learning of the widespread Christian persecution in Pakistan and the plight of families like Yousaf, our organization initiated a rescue mission. The urgency stemmed not only from the immediate threat of persecution but also from the broader issue of Christian enslavement in the region.

Through determined collective efforts, we successfully liberated Yousaf’s family and others from the confines of the brick kiln, relocating them to a safer haven. The struggles didn’t end there – we provided separate living quarters and job opportunities for Yousaf and Najam to enable a fresh start.

Christians working in brick kilns in Pakistan face significant challenges, which persist despite international condemnation and efforts by our organizations to address the issue. Over the years, we were able to rescue thousands of Christian Slaves from the brick Kilns in Pakistan. Your small help can save a family from persistent Persecution. Join us to help the Persecuted and Enslaved.  

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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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