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UNHCR Fails To Honor Appointments For Asylum Seekers Interviews In Thailand & Malaysia

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Yesterday morning, we received messages of blessings and love from a persecuted brother who is in great suffering. As persecution and fear increases, the faith of these precious ones remains strong through hard trials and heartbreak.

We’ve been praying for all the Christian Asylum seekers in Thailand and Malaysia, but for one in particular as their interview date with the UNHCR came close.  But then, we received a heartbreaking message from our brother.  His family’s interview date had been postponed yet again.

“I am heartbroken as my appointment is set for 2017.”  Each time their interviews come up they are postponed for yet another year.  Not another week, another day, another month.  But another year.

It is a common practice of the UNHCR in Thailand to postpone appointment after appointment sealing the fate of these dear brethren. For another year, they must suffer their fate, FEAR! No way to legally provide for even basic necessities for survival. Forced into hiding and situations of darkness. Forced to watch their children lack for food and medicine, they can not even play outside. Disease runs rampant and the stress of probable arrest brings physical health issues such as hypertension.  They follow the impossible rules set by the UN, but they are lost in the cracks of a broken system.  A system overwhelmed that has failed them. Dreams of a free life, dreams of education, dreams of moving freely among society seem so far away.  Shattered dreams, and yet their faith is so strong.  Would, could your faith remain as strong?

Holding on to Hope through the storm, their faith increases. Media outlets have begun to wake up to their plight, but their reports, as ours go unheeded and barely read.  The UNHCR responded recently to an email that we sent explaining they couldn’t help as Thailand is not a signatory to the UNHCR refugee program. Malaysia is also not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Christian asylum seekers suffer there too. It’s acceptable!  The UN needs to stop ignoring and rewarding countries abusing human rights.  Speak out for them. Specifically now, with the refugee crises. Hold our lawmakers accountable, ask them to intervene in anyway they can.  Ask them to call for a UN Security council meeting pertaining to these countries who persecute the persecuted.  Do Something.  We have an opportunity now like never before, since after our lawmakers have acknowledged Christian Genocide.  Hold them accountable for Persecution.

A Canadian church has agreed to sponsor this family who’ve had their asylum interview postponed. It is extremely expensive to sponsor asylum seekers. The total for this family is $50,400 CAD. Sounds high? The fees are higher in the USA!

Voice of the Persecuted is very familiar with this family. They suffered persecution in their homeland, Pakistan. They came to Thailand to save their lives. But while they have waited, they have worked very hard to help care for their brothers and sisters suffering alongside them. They are committed to this work and with the help of the Canadian church will continue even after they are resettled. Knowing their background, Voice of the Persecuted can confirm their intentions. Unfortunately, the church was only able to raise a portion of the funds. Others have generously donated to help this family, but still short 10,000 CAD ($7500.00 USD) required by the government to proceed. If you would like to help this faithful family gain freedom and to continue to the work to save other Pakistani families please contact us, they are so close!  Come on Church, let’s make this happen. Shine the love of Christ!

Contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org or by mail:

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDYou may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Please include a note designating your gift for this family.

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

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