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Thailand: Pakistani Christian seeking asylum dies in notorious detention center

36 yr. old Ejaz Masih,, a Pakistani Christian, dies in Bangkok Immigration Detention Center (IDC).

By VOP Thailand Correspondent

(Voice of the Persecuted) On Saturday, 27th May 2017, 10am local time, Pakistani Christian, Ejaz Masih, better known as Ejaz Paras, lost his life in the notorious Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Bangkok, Thailand. He was arrested in June 2016  at his home near Seacon Square in Bangkok Thailand. His brother-in-law and sister in law were also arrested.

The 36 year old father of 3 (aged 11, 8 and 1 year old) had been inside the Immigration Detention Centre since his arrest. Mr. Ejaz’s death is the 3rd death inside the IDC, whereas dozens have died outside after going through the arduous asylum process which take years.

In communication with Ejaz’s family, our correspondent learned his wife had tried to bail her husband out, but authorities denied his bail. The IDC has been preventing bail for people from countries of concern, such as Pakistan, Syria and others including Sri lanka, after a terrorist attack took place at a Buddhist Shrine in Bangkok which killed 15 people in 2015. The Immigration Police reacted by closing bails for all detainees which previously had been the only way for refugees to be emancipated from the brutal incarceration inside Thailand’s notorious IDC.

Ejaz had been in Bangkok for over 3 years. He came with his extended family, including his in laws, when his wife’s cousin, Qaisar Ayub Bhatti, was accused of blasphemy. Mr. Bhatti, who was a Masters graduate in Computer Science, came to Thailand to seek asylum with UNHCR Thailand after he wrote what was consider blasphemous content by hardliners on a website he owned. The UNHCR scheduled his  asylum interview date in 2019. Frustrated by such a long delay, he decided to go back to Pakistan. When he landed in Pakistan, he was tracked by the police and arrested for blasphemy. Currently, Bhatti is in Chakwal Central jail awaiting his trial. Ejaz Paras faced similar threats and had also been chased by zealots. Since Bhatti had been immediately arrested, Ejaz was afraid to go back to Pakistan and face further persecution.

Ejaz had a history of heart disease. In October 2016, he began suffering chest pains and was taken to hospital where he stayed for 8 days. Shackled to the bed, he was allowed a single visit with his children. They were grateful as this it was  impossible at the IDC as they would not be allowed to visit their father. Upon his return to the IDC, Ejaz was asked to pay the hospital bills but he didn’t have a single penny with him. As a punishment for nonpayment, Ejaz was transferred to solitary confinement. A local priest helped to pay the hospital bills then Ejaz was sent back to the main cell, commonly known as Room #3.

On Saturday morning (May 27 2017), around 10am, Mr. Ejaz and other detainees were taken from their cell to an area designated for exhaustive exercise. All detainees are required to take part.

During the exercise, Mr. Ejaz complained to the prison guard of having severe chest pains and asked for immediate medical intervention. The prison guard ignored his plea as he thought that Mr. Ejaz is making excuses to avoid the exercise.

Seeing that his situation is getting worse, other detainees gathered 2000 Thai Baht so that Ejaz could be taken to the hospital. The officer denied every request and all detainees were sent to their cell where about 160 of them are incarcerated.

Ejaz went to the washroom to take a bath. Afterwards, he dressed and stepped outside the washroom, but immediately fell unconscious and urinated in his clothes. His tongue fell outside his mouth and he started to convulse. Seeing this, fellow Christians carried him away from washroom and a crowd gathered around him. The Immigration officers saw this in the CCTV camera fixed in the IDC cell and instantly sent a team, anticipating that a prison fight had broke out.

When the officers saw Ejaz convulsing in pain on the ground, they dragged him outside the cell and were not convinced he needed medical attention. After some time, they starting preparing the paper work to take him to the Hospital. However, since they delayed and allowed him to lay on the floor for 3 hours and the young father had already passed away before help was obtained. Later, his body was taken to the Police General Hospital and the autopsy revealed that he died of a heart attack.

Such a heartbreaking story. This young father’s death may have been prevented had the Immigration officers showed compassion. Instead, the officers  acted ruthlessly with no value for his life, a human life. This Christian brother died leaving his wife and children behind to suffer in this ruthless environment.

We trust that he would be with God as Ejaz had complete trust in our savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. St. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” This brother indeed died as a martyr and has finished his race to be with our savior, Jesus Christ. He would be in the bosom of father Abraham. Revelation 14:13 states that, “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes.” Says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor for their deeds will follow them.”

His body now needs to be sent back to Pakistan for burial which could cost an estimated $500 – $600. The family also needs moral and financial support as they find it hard to make the ends meet. Please uplift this family in prayer. Help to support them if you are able and pray that the children will one day find a better future.

Please pray for persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand. Pray the Thai government will soften their hearts towards them. And pray the UNHCR will find a way to speed up the unbearably long process of their asylum cases.

VOP is on the ground in Thailand. Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
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Persecuted Christian family suffering in hardship asks for prayer

Pakistani Christian asylum seeker children suffer in Thailand

Pakistani Christian asylum seeker children suffer in Thailand

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5: 1-5

(Voice of the Persecuted) Since the time of the 1st century Church, persecution and suffering for bearing the cross for Christ has never stopped. In fact, it has increased drastically since death of the first martyr, Stephen.

2017 World Watch List top 10 nations persecuting Christian

2017 World Watch List top 10 nations persecuting Christians

Pakistan is notoriously famous as a breeding ground for radical terrorism. Sporadic targeting of Pakistani Christians has made life miserable for the innocent. Over the years, rising persecution has claimed thousands of lives and continues to hang as a sword of Damocles over those who practice their faith in one of the world’s most hostile environments. According to the 2017 World Watch List, Pakistan ranked above Syria and Iraq as the 4th worst place to live as a Christian.

Youhanabad, a Christian colony in Lahore, Pakistan, was attacked by the Taliban in 2015. Worshippers were killed after 2 suicide bombers struck at 2 churches crowded with hundreds of church attendees.

This attack dramatically changed the lives of one family who were forced to flee their home and stay in hiding.

The persecution against Adnan’s family began after the 2015 suicide attack in the Christian colony where they lived. They had attended an early church service that day when terror engulfed their community. A suicide bomber detonated near the Church which curtailed the lives of at least twenty Christians and wounded dozens of church attendees. In an interview with the family, Adnan told Voice of the Persecuted,

“When we heard the blast, I asked my family to keep themselves in hiding. Fearing it was very close to where we live, I went with my brother to check the situation. We saw fragments and traces of blast, even human flesh and body parts scattered all over the area. It was horrifying. We saw angry victims and their loved ones running after the accomplices of the bomber and were beating them to stop them from escaping. Eventually, they were caught and badly beaten by the deeply upset and agitated Christians.”

Next day, the scenario was an extremely opposite of what was expected. Based on the footage taken by the media, the victims’ family members who caught the terrorists (who succumbed to their injuries) and those visible at the time of incident were now considered perpetrators and criminals.

“My brother and I were one of those who were seen in the footage and thus my brother went into hiding. But later, he was arrested and even now is still in jail.” He further explained, “Taunted by this, I feared most for the safety of my wife and two sons who at that time were only 3 and 1 years old. My wife had to leave her job as a teacher and as did I, a security guard at the bank.”

With any hope of living free quickly fading, they believed there was no choice but escape to Thailand to save their lives. Filled with hope and the dream of no longer living in terror, they arrived in Bangkok to seek asylum in September 2015. They were excited to start to new life strong in their faith, openly as true Christians without fear. However, things were not easy as expected. Fear and the safety of their children had brought them to another oppressive situation in Bangkok. Adnan, his wife and children are one of thousands of Pakistani Christian families hoping to gain asylum and begin a peaceful life in freedom.

Adnan’s asylum case and the UNHCR asylum certificate he holds is not recognized by the Thai government. After their visa’s expired, he had to make ends meet by illegally finding a work in a factory.  To support his family, Adnan had been left with no other option but to take temporary illegal work at a lesser wage with no insurance.

April 29, 2016 marked another critical ordeal for the family. While on the job, the father of two was hit by a fork lift that severly damaged his ankle. Doctors told Adnan that he needed a series of major surgeries which required a large sum of money.

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severe work injury prevents the ability to support family

His wife asked for help from practically everyone and even begged the factory owner for mercy and to support the medical expense of her husband’s severe injury. The factory owner paid a portion of the cost for surgeries, but the rest had to be borrowed from the factory owner and other non- asylum seeking individuals.

16215749_10205951643349657_706576410_nGradually, Adnan has begun to walk with the help of crutches, but to this date cannot walk properly. He and his family are burdened by the loan for the surgeries, and trying support basic survival needs for themselves and their children. It’s indeed hard with no recourse but to beg for help. Still, their is little to eat as support trickles in.

The family has appealed to the international Christian community to pray for and uplift them morally, spiritually and financially.  Our correspondent told us the father’s spirit is still high despite all the troubles in his life. Adnan recalls one bible verse from Roman 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  This verse gives him great hope and the courage to face another day.

Let us continue to remember and pray for this beleaguered family. Let us share our blessings and shine the light and love of Christ on them. Voice of the Persecuted is seeking sponsors to bring hope to our brothers and sisters suffering in Thailand. Unfortunately, we are unable to care for all the families on our waiting list. If you would like to sponsor a persecuted Christian family suffering through the asylum process, please set up a regular monthly payment and add in note section when donating, Pakistani Christians in Thailand. One-time gifts to this relief project is also welcome and greatly appreciated.

Example: A gift of $100 cover monthly food expenses and a portion of their room rent.

Please consider sponsoring Adnan and his family by adding his name to the note. Your gift of support blesses them with hope and means more than you could ever imagine.

Please pray

  • For persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand.
  • For the children will never again have go to bed hungry.
  • Pray for sponsors who can help them survive.
  • Pray for the Thai government to have a change of heart.
  • That the UNHCR will expedite their interviews so they may go to a welcoming nation with the opportunity to provide for themselves, worship freely and live in peace.
  • Pray for the Lord to bless them with joy, to strengthen their faith and to feel His loving presence surround them.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

Donations are always desperately needed.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

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

Note: Voice of the Persecuted encourages Christians to refrain from violence at all costs.

 

45 Christian Refugees arrested in Thailand

Dec. 2015: Child arrested with his mother and brought to court in caged police van. Children remain incarcerated along side their parents.

Dec. 2015: Child arrested with his mother and brought to court in caged police van. Children remain incarcerated along side their parents.

Thai immigration authorities raided and arrested 45 Pakistani Christian asylum seekers, including (approx. 22) children, who hold United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asylum seeker cards. They will be brought to court tomorrow, likely put into the horrific conditions at the Immigration Detention Centre IDC. With only 15 days until Christmas, the entire community is devastated.  (more…)

An Open Letter To Congress On An Urgent Plea For Help

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There are many urgent problems plaguing America today.  But the most urgent is the plight of Christians across the Middle East and Africa.

Christian genocide has been declared, yet America refuses to admit Christians who are persecuted.  If we could save one life, why aren’t we?

We want to zero in on Pakistan for a moment.  Pakistan receives top aide from our government.  Our government recognizes Christians are singled out, targeted and persecuted.  In Pakistan Christians are considered unclean, even non-Christians trying to come against laws like the blasphemy are assassinated or exiled.  Pakistan is not following its own constitution, and yet the UNHCR refuses to investigate.

This is from the US report on International Religious freedom (2015):

According to news reports, on February 20, a judge dismissed the fourth bail petition of Liaquat Ali, who was accused of blasphemy in 2013. Ali and Ali’s religious instructor were accused of blasphemy for allegedly incorrectly reciting the Islamic testimony of faith. Ali said the accusation was a personal grudge related to a property dispute.

On March 28, a court sentenced Sawan Masih to death for blasphemy in an incident that had triggered a riot in Lahore. The court convicted Masih, a Christian, of committing blasphemy in a conversation with a Muslim friend in 2013. A mob of more than 3,000 persons burned some 100 Christian homes in Lahore’s Joseph Colony after the allegations against Masih emerged. Masih filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court, stating the charges were false and aimed at evicting Christians from the area.

On April 3, a trial court in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, handed a death sentence to Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, a Christian couple accused of texting blasphemous messages to local Muslims in Gojra, Punjab. Police first registered the case in June 2013.

On July 11, Islamabad’s Anti-terrorism Court ordered the continued detention of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants Hammad Adil and Muhammad Tanveer. The men allegedly confessed, after their arrests in August 2013, to the 2011 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the former federal minister of minority affairs and an outspoken critic of the blasphemy laws. Adil and Tanveer were the main suspects accused in the murder. Their trial was ongoing at year’s end.

On October 16, the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since 2010, when a district court found her guilty of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed during an argument. On November 24, her lawyers submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court.

And that’s only a few instances.  A Christian couple burned alive because mob mentality knows no fear of prosecution.  The brick kiln owners are government sanctioned slave owners.  The Ahmadi Muslims are given priority because the government does not recognize their Muslim beliefs, but the UNHCR refuses to acknowledge that Christians in Pakistan are persecuted.

Case in point:  A Pakistani who fled to Thailand to avoid death waited 3 years for his interview for asylum with the UNHCR. Postponement after postponement dashed his hope of ever living a normal life or providing for his wife.  Finally last month he received his interview only to be denied.  He was told Christians in Pakistan are safe and he could return.  Even with clear cut evidence of the opposite.  This man was a Christian photographer and worked as a television host in Pakistan  with multiple medias, he led a profitable life until he came under attack and attempted assasination.  He is not the exception, but part of a growing problem plaguing Christians in Pakistan.  Christian women have to hide under the Hijab to go in public for fear of being recognized.  Many are beaten and raped.

The UN Humans Rights Council must be held accountable for clear discrimination against Christians.

Again this is URGENT, as many face deportation in foreign lands such as Thailand and Malaysia.  It’s true that Thailand is not a signatory of  the Human rights 1951 convention.  But the UNHCR is there, why won’t they help them??  It’s time to bring Human Rights recognition into the 21st century.  Hold them accountable!

Contact us for details and documentation from persecuted Christians discriminated against by the UNHCR.  Please this is urgent.  Anything you can do would be a great help.  The man who was denied asylum needs immediate intervention.  Then international laws need to be revised, or at least committees formed to investigate the practices of the UNHCR in regards to Christian refugees.  Please we are their only voice. Yours may be the one that makes the difference to end their suffering. Won’t you join in the efforts of the UK to highlight this abuse?  These people need you.

Sincerely,

The team at Voice of the Persecuted

Contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

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Child of Persecuted Family is Very Sick—Can You Give Him Hope?

Christian child in desperate need of medical care.

Christian child in desperate need of medical attention.

(Voice of the Persecuted) 10 yr. old John and his Christian family fled severe persecution for their faith in Pakistan to seek refuge and asylum in Thailand. But sadly, they’ve lived in misery, fear and sickness for over two years in a system that’s failing them. They still have another year before their UNHCR case interview, but there is no guarantee this scheduled appointment will take place. It’s common for case reviews to be postponed for another year and often postponed again. John’s father is a diabetic who also suffers hypertension (high blood pressure). He grieves for his children as he legally has no way to provide shelter, nutrition and the medical care they so desperately need. The family holds the UNHCR asylum certificate, but the children cannot even attend school because they are considered illegal immigrants by the Thai government. Thailand has been unwilling to work through the asylum process with the UNHCR. It’s a dreadful situation for the victims, particularly Pakistani Christians.

Child suffering from lack of medical treatment, hospitaiized. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Voice of the Persecuted

Most asylum seekers cannot afford to purchase the necessary hygiene products and nutritious food needed in their diet to stay well. The children lack the necessary nutrients to grow and remain healthy. Whole families hide out in their cramped, one room apartments with no sunlight to stay out of sight of the authorities. Anytime they leave, they’re at risk of arrest and the Immigration Detention Center, a vile, despicable place! It is no wonder they are prone to sickness in these conditions.

John and his siblings are extremely thin. Their case is on our critical list. The boy has suffered illness after illness since arriving in Thailand. Last year, he spent 10 days in the hospital being treated for a severe infection due to a parasite. Voice of the Persecuted covered the cost of his treatment and hospital stay. You may recognize him from our prior report. As the photo shows, he is plagued yet again by another infection on the back of his head. We are also extremely concerned by the news that he has developed a large lump on his neck. This child must be seen by a doctor right away, but we need your help! This family is also in dire need of a monthly sponsor, but no one has stepped forward as yet.

Contact us for more information about sponsorship at: info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

In nearly every disaster or crisis, we have seen Christian missions as the backbone of relief efforts. Often, the only relief victims ever see comes from Christians shining the light in darkest hours (remember Haiti). In a world afraid of looking intolerant, suffering Christians who are likely the most vulnerable,  have been pushed to the back burner. That’s why Voice of the Persecuted is serving the persecuted and children like John. We are united with them in Christ our Lord, but we too are failing them. Sadly, the Church as a whole is lacking. What would Jesus want us to do for our brothers and sisters suffering for his sake? The answer is easy, “Love and care for your brothers and sisters.”

This child is counting on us. If he has help when he’s hungry or ill, his chances of being scarred by long suffering in Thailand drops significantly. It is a great time of crisis for this family. The world is not offering this young boy any hope.  But in Christ, as his hands and feet, we can! Help us to give John the medical attention he needs and a new day with a healthy start. The opportunity to experience the love of the Body, to be encouraged and see God answer his prayers. When generous people like you offer aid through your financial gifts, you go with us into the trenches and lives are saved. And even in the greatest of trials, their future looks brighter and the Lord is praised. Oh, how is He praised!

If you or your church can help with his medical care or would like to sponsor this family, please don’t delay. We are a small mission and unable to provide the ongoing monthly needs of the many families asking for help. This family has acutely suffered while waiting for a sponsor for over a year.

Please pray

  • For persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand.
  • For this child to quickly heal and stay free of disease. That he will never again have go to bed hungry.
  • Pray he and his family will be blessed with a sponsor who can help them survive.
  • Pray for all Christian asylum seekers in Thailand. That the government will have a change of heart.
  • That the UNHCR will expedite their interviews so they may go to a welcoming nation with the opportunity to provide for themselves and worship our our freely and in peace.
  • Pray for the Lord to bless them with joy, to strengthen their faith and to feel His loving presence surround them.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

Donations are always desperately needed.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

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

Suffering in Persecution: Can You Sponsor This Baby and His Family?

Infant of Pakistani Christian family suffering in the asylum process. He needs our help

Infant of Pakistani Christian family suffering in the asylum process. He needs our help Photo: Voice of the Persecuted ©

This child belongs to one of the families Voice of the Persecuted’s Project 13:3 helps to survive in Thailand. He was born into extremely difficult conditions. Johan’s parents fled persecution in Pakistan to seek safety and asylum in Thailand. But the unfortunate circumstances waiting for them is more than most could possibly bare. Since 2014, they’ve been forced to hide from Thai authorities while they wait for the UNHCR to process their case. The office as scheduled their initial case interview for 2018. This little one’s father is unable to legally work to care for his new son. He also suffers from a skin infection he contracted during his stay at the Central Jail, then the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) after being arrested. It’s proven to be very difficult to cure. This father also suffered very harsh treatment during his stay at the jail, which housed hardened criminals.

When Johan was born, Voice of the Persecuted was able to provide everything needed to care for him, including rent, food for his parents and a month’s supply of formula and diapers. They are again unable to cover May’s room rent. Voice of the Persecuted has a waiting list of families designated with the most extreme needs. It is impossible to give each family monthly support without the help of those willing to sponsor them each month. Is God placing this family on your heart? Would you consider comforting Johan and his parents with monthly basic needs? Even a one-time gift will help to secure their housing for another month. They are in critical need for us, the Body of Christ to come to their aid. Please donate today, or contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org for more information. Your love is appreciated more than you could ever know.

Please pray for persecuted Christian families suffering in Thailand. Pray the Thai government will soften their hearts towards them. And pray the UNHCR will find a way to speed up the unbearably long process of their asylum cases.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

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

 

Investigating The Invisibles: Pakistsani Christian Asylum Seekers In Thailand

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Based on the abuse Pakistani Christians face, it’s striking to our group how often they’re overlooked and ignored. We at VOP often call them, “the invisibles”. After speaking with many Christians from Pakistan and those frozen in time in Thailand, and Malaysia, we found some very interesting facts. While it’s impossible to obtain numbers to prove there is a clear bias from the UNHCR in these countries in regard to Christians, what we did found was mind-boggling.  At the time of this posting, we are still waiting on the UNHCR Bangkok office to send the statistics.  When the information is received, we’ll give you an update. (UPDATE Aug. 1, 2016—We have yet to receive the statistics from the Bangkok UNHCR office. Sadly, this doesn’t surprise us.)

The UNHCR office in Thailand recently demanded all Christian Asylum seekers report for a new identity card.  They quickly told them this was not a work permit, and would not offer anything more than identification.  But unfortunately, the Thai Government is not recognizing this ID nor, as in the past, their asylum status documents.

Some say there is an attitude of bias toward Pakistani Christians in Thailand.  Other reports suggest that there is a hatred for all Pakistani’s in Thailand.  They are viewed as possible terrorists.

Christians in Pakistan are persecuted severely.  On the exterior, Pakistan is a democracy but the Mullahs rule with a strict form of Sharia law.  The most recent evidence is the 16-year-old girl who was drugged, strangled, then tied to a van and set on fire. Why? She simply helped her friend who wanted to elope.  In another case, a 2-year-old baby was killed because his father was a lowly Christian. The father was contracted to paint the home of a Muslim. When the homeowner didn’t want to pay the agreed price, he took others and shot up the Christian painter’s home, they killed the baby.

Then there is the terrifying murder of a Christian Couple that was burned alive at the brick kiln where they were bonded laborers. Their accusers are free under a loophole in Sharia law.  Basically, there is no justice for persecutors of Christians in Pakistan. In recent news, a Rights Activist that was gunned down because he dared to voice the truth about extremism in the Pakistani Government—an act that happens too frequently.  Story after story emerges of persecution and those who flee the hatred and violence, false blasphemy charges brought against them, a law this being misused against minorities, the violent fatwa’s issued against them, the physical attacks and assassination attempts all due to their faith. In some cases of families in hiding, we are aware of the women wearing Burkas to hide their identity.   It goes on and on.

Invisible as they are frozen in countries who refuse to recognize the UNHCR refugee program nor the asylum certificate given to them when their case is filed. There are no programs of protection set up for them, such as Thailand.  With visas expired, these asylum seekers are arrested and detained in deplorable conditions.  Live in fear and hiding, with their children often malnourished and sick. World Watch Monitor reports the water in Thailand is unclean and a breeding ground for disease. Christians can’t freely move or legally work, bottled water is not an option.

Pakistani Christians face horrific conditions which they are forced to endure in Thailand.  The country is not a signature of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UNHCR undertakes refugee status determination (RSD) for asylum seekers in the absence of a government mechanism and recognizes some as refugees, but has no authority to grant asylum. The asylum seekers are unable to legally work or provide for their basic needs without outside support. The situation remains as critical.

Some have claimed their testimonies were not fairly translated during asylum interviews. Translators are not 100% versed in Urdu, which causes a huge problem for the Pakistani Christians. Their details are not always accurate, or lost in the translation.  Their cases are subject to denial.

In a report from the Bangkok Post, an official with the UNHCR is pushing for preference to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. They’re in camps on the border of Thailand.  But no mention of the 10,000 Christians languishing in Thailand.

Christian refugees are ignored and placed under and invisible cloak.  They are fearful to talk about it.  If they do, the government begins a backlash with arrests.

Thailand is embroiled with it’s own political battle and has begun punishing those who speak out against the new Junta.  A report yesterday said that the UN was inquiring into the human rights abuse practices of punishing those speaking on social media. The report was titled “Thailand Faces Moment of  Shame at U.N. Rights Council Meeting.”  The UNHCR seems helpless and some say are purposely ignoring the plight of the Christian Minority in favor of the Muslim population.  Some claim it would be discriminating to give an exception for persecuted Christians.  But they’re running out of safe places, even re-persecuted in refugee centers in Europe.

We find the Muslim population in the U.S. and elsewhere take care of their own often pooling their finances to support asylum fees even for those they may not be related to.  In heavy Muslim populated areas in the US, they build houses, provide jobs, and other needs for fellow Muslims.  Yet, we find the Western Church ignores our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. Some churches do all they can, but their numbers are low. In Thailand, very few churches offer help, but burdened by the large numbers of Christian asylees. These asylum seekers must depend on the generosity of strangers, NGO’s and churches to reach out.

We in the West can and should do more for these precious brethren.  Can your church sponsor a family, or support their monthly needs? The cost ranges between $250-$300.00 per month depending on the size of the family. Even one month would be a great help. Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Thailand and the number of vetted cases on waiting list is long. Medical expenses are also a greatly needed.  As many of the children suffer from malnutrition, skin infections and other illnesses.  Any amount helps.  No matter how small, it truly makes a difference.  Can you help us keep working in Thailand to comfort and cover more families?

Let’s take care of our own.

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

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

 

Pakistani Christians Trapped Under Inhumane Conditions – Where is the Church?

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers held in detention center like cattle. Photo: BPCA

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers held in detention center like cattle. 

Voice of the Persecuted is not only helping in Nigeria but still working diligently for the Pakistani Christians suffering in Thailand. They need our prayers and they need our help. If you, your church or ministry group would like to sponsor a family in need or to offer a one-time gift, Voice of the Persecuted will be sure these persecuted ones are comforted by your generosity. These families spend most of their time in hiding and constant fear of arrest. They’re in desperate need of rent, food and medicine as many are suffering from ongoing illnesses, skin infections and disease. The children are too often malnourished. There are approximately 10,000 Pakistani Christians stuck in this crisis that can take 6 or more years. Their children are not allowed to attend school. What will become of their future?

Child suffering from lack of medical treatment. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Child suffering from lack of medical treatment. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Another danger in places like Thailand is sex trafficking. Thailand is known throughout the world for this booming industry. Many asylum seekers fear for their young daughters, that they may be abducted then sold. Knowing how vulnerable they are, many girls are constantly approached by traffickers trying to lure them in. A few weakened by desperation have fallen for their trap. Some will tell you, “I had no other choice.” How sad it is to lose even one sister to this life of abuse, simply because she could find no compassion from others.

Asylum seekers cannot legally work in Thailand to care for their families and are often arrested when caught working illegally. This puts a huge strain on the mother trying to care for her littles ones with no support. They are at great risk of being exploited. Raids are regularly held by Thai authorities in slum areas known to house these asylum seekers. At times, whole families have been detained in the Immigration Detention Center though they hold asylum seeker certificates from UNHCR. You would think this document could protect them, but not in Thailand. It’s a devastating and inhumane situation for them.  You see, they’re frequently held in overcrowded cells with one filthy toilet, and only served a soupy mix of water, cucumbers, and rice. The fee to bail them out is extremely high, 50,000 Thai Baht (approx. $1500 USD). Frequently they, particularly men, are held without bail for extended periods of time, even months.

Project 13:3 Thailand: VOP Thailand Representative delivering food to the IDC

Project 13:3 Thailand: VOP food delivery to the IDC

We have been blessed with the ability to get food, baby formula and toiletries to those suffering in the IDC. Thank You to those who are helping to support that program of our Thailand mission. We were able to get a delivery of formula to the babies this month!  But the need is so great for the whole of Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan; then forced to endure the drawn out process of asylum in the unwelcoming nation of Thailand. Pray for them, pray for God to meet their needs, to give them hope and strength. And ask our LORD to send caring hands to help them.

But the need is so great for the whole of Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan, then forced to endure the drawn out process of asylum in the unwelcoming nation of Thailand. No human being should have to endure these conditions. The program is failing them and so are we when we ignore the cries of our brothers and sisters.  With all the churches in America alone, why do these brothers and sisters suffer? Surely we could be doing much more to help alleviate their misery. Pray for them, pray for their needs to be met and to give them hope and strength to endure. Ask the LORD to send caring hands to help them.

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought to court caged in police van

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought to court caged in police van, children included.

Voice of the Persecuted helps pay monthly living/medical expenses for families suffering the greatest need. More cases are continually brought before us, but it’s heartbreaking we are unable to help them all. With your love and support, we’re praying that many more of our brothers and sisters covered and comforted by the Body of Christ, us! But we can only do this with your help.

If you are feeling led to bring hope to Christians suffering in Thailand please consider the following:

  • Cover the monthly living expenses for a family in great need. (approx $250+/- based on family size)
  • Provide bail to protect a persecuted believer from rearrest for two years. ($1500 based on exchange rate)
  • Food deliveries for the nutritional needs of those detained in the IDC. ($50 provides 2 meals a day for 4 people weekly – personal hygienic products such as soap, toothbrushes and paste are also much-needed items.)
  • Donations of any amount are always needed and greatly appreciated.

Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Thailand. Come with us on the mission through your gifts!

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to 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!
You may also send your gift to:

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

Voice of the Persecuted - Project 13:3 Aid Mission

Voice of the Persecuted – Project 13:3 Aid Mission

 

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