(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us are witnessing a Christian genocide that we never believed would be in our lifetime. The world is in chaos like we never thought we would see again. But in the present, it’s nearly impossible to ignore it.
The refugee crisis in Europe, Iraq, Syria, & Nigeria has grown to proportions that the world has not seen since World War 2. Western leaders are finding that they cannot adapt to the number of migrants coming into their countries.
However, the government of Thailand has announced new plans of an even more rigorous crackdown on those who have overstayed their visas. This recent development has all Christian asylum seekers on edge, tense over what comes next. It’s heartbreaking news for many Western Christians who grieve with them and are extremely concerned for these brothers and sisters in Christ.
A large number of Pakistani Christians are seeking asylum in Thailand. The UNHCR is basically ineffective as far as Thailand is concerned. The Thai government has blatantly disregarded Pakistani Christians and their plight. They fled persecution and death threats in Pakistan only to be met with more heartache and darkness. It’s hard to understand why the UN is silent about the Thai government’s treatment of UNHCR documented asylum seekers.
It had been announced that the 1st through the 10th of every month, raids will take place where know asylum seekers dwell and they will be arrested. A few days ago, the government of Thailand announced new and tougher overstay penalties. view them here
The Christian asylum seekers have visas that expire due to the painfully long wait periods to be interviewed, then another long wait for status approval. The UNHCR often postpones interview dates for one to three years, even though they already had waited 15 months for the original interview. The UNHCR certificates verifying they’re asylum seeker status is not recognized by the Thai government. With plans for the new crackdown, we’re left wondering how safe they will stay and why arrangements can’t be made by the UNHCR for their protection.
Scared, afraid to leave their meager dwellings, unable to legally get a permit to work and provide for their families. Their children cry from the pain of hunger. Many are sick or have ongoing health problems. They need medical attention, but simply can’t afford it. Still, the world and the UN is silent.
The United States is well aware of the human rights abuses in Pakistan and Thailand. Britain has merely stated that Pakistani Christians face severe discrimination as opposed to persecution, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many are praying for change as the U.K. is holding hearings to re-evaluate their existing policy. ‘Special Status’ should be afforded to Pakistani Christians as is by the governments of Canada and Holland.
What is darker still, instead of welcoming persecuted Christians, Thailand re-persecutes them. The country has a less than stellar human rights record, steeped in human trafficking, sex slavery, and corruption which reaches all the way up to the government level. But when the world is broken and refugees seek safe havens in Europe and across the world, what Thailand offers is a grave abuse. Again, the world remains Silent! Again, strong leadership hidden under the desk, refusing to demand the UNHCR do it’s job to defend asylum seekers who hold their issued documents in hand.
Recently, the UNHCR has revised their figure on the number of Pakistani Christians in Thailand from 4,600 to 11,900: a figure so large that it clearly illustrates a far more serious concern than previously accepted by the West. Where should the blame lie? Finger always point to another…
It was said once that the world has failed humanity miserably…at this moment, our ‘modern’ world is proving that correct.
The suffering these precious Christians are enduring in Thailand is heartbreaking. We know, we’re in contact with them everyday. We pray with them, we cry with them, we rejoice and thank God for every blessing with them. When will the world take notice enough to care? One small voice resounds in a world of silence…let us not be silent.
Pray for them to withstand and endure the suffering. Pray they will receive relief. Halfway across the world, may our brothers and sisters feel our prayers and God’s comforting presence giving them rest. Father, may you be glorified in this present storm in Thailand and around the world.
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