Rescue, Rehabilitation Missions

Bano Amin and Her Daughters were liberated from slavery.

Every day we encounter the heart-wrenching testimonies of Christians from all over the world. Today we share one from Pakistan. Our organization recently rescued 18 families from a brick kiln in Pakistan, where they were living as slaves and facing persecution.

It is the story of Bano Amin, a mother of five daughters and a son who lost her husband, who had been suffering from cancer for several years. Both Bano and her husband were bound slaves and had worked in brick kilns since childhood, even after their marriage they continued to do so.

A couple of years ago Amin was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer treatment is much more expensive in countries like Pakistan. The couple borrowed 500,000 PKR from the Kiln owner for treatment, and even the Kiln owner directly paid some amount to the hospital where Amin was treated. However, he could not recover and died.

The kiln owner overextended their debt and forced the family to pay or convert to Islam. With each passing day, the pressure becomes enormous. Bano’s children also started working with their mother but were unable to work according to the demands of the kiln owner. As a result, they were beaten and tortured.

As Bano’s daughters grew up, both the owner and manager of the Kiln kept an eye on them. Their pressure increases to accept Islam or pay back the loan. Her daughters were 15, 14, 12, 10, and 8 years old, and she was very worried. This pressure was intended to take the daughters of these families for sexual pleasure. It was not easy to rescue all the families together, however, we quickly made a plan to save everyone.

Listen to her testimony.

Earlier in May, the owner gave an ultimatum to all Christian families in Bhatta (Kiln): pay your debts by June 1, 2023, or your daughter will be married to a Muslim.

And we expected they would definitely take the daughters of these families on June 1st, so we planned to recover them all before that day. With God’s help, we freed these families from slavery. And now these families are in safe places where we have provided them with houses and other essentials. We worked tirelessly for weeks to bring these families out of their terrible situation and provide them with a better life. We had put in the resources necessary to ensure they were in an environment where they could rebuild their lives and be safe from slavery horrors.

We are grateful to God, our generous donors, and the brave team who made this mission possible.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.