Pakistan came into being after decades of immense religious intolerance, inequality, discrimination and brutality. The founder of the nation stated that every man would have equal rights in this country. A country which was made to protect the rights of minorities has ironically made it within the top six most persecuting countries in no less than 69 years of existence.
All minorities in Pakistan have suffered at the hands of Muslims but Christians in Pakistan suffer discrimination, violence and degradation on a vast scale due to their comparatively “liberal” ideas. The only option which is left for them in order to live with peace is to flee their homeland, especially to Thailand which is an easy place to get to.
But running from persecution to persecution, that’s what life of Pakistani Christians in Thailand is like. They left their luxuries, loved ones and their identity to become asylum seekers in a country that recognizes them only as illegal immigrants. Their asylum seeker certificate nullifies when authorities question their status in Thailand. They are not allowed to work or live there. If anyone is arrested they are taken to Immigration Detention Centre (IDC).
Without working they don’t have any resources of earning to afford food, medical, living and education. Persecution and problems have just changed their names but their size remains the same. UNHCR gives a time period of 6-7 years of limbo to assess their cases and to resettle them in a third country. Their sufferings are incalculable.
Today through this video we are going to see the suffering of Suraiyya, a Pakistani Christian mother who along with her family left Pakistan and arrived to Thailand in order to seek refuge, but she didn´t know that her family´s suffering has no end yet. Especially these moments are the worse for her as her arm got broken in two pieces due to an accident and she has no means to get an urgent surgery. We, as her Christian brothers and sisters should help her to be operated so that she can take care of her family, work and live with dignity and respect. Jesus prayed that we Christians would be one, even as He and the Father are one. This means being of practical help to each other. Along with us, please send some help to our Sister. $1,500 is the amount required. God bless you all. Thank you very much.