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Mumtazi and Family’s Testimonial: A Life of Slavery Transformed by Redeem the Oppressed

Mumtazi’s Family

My name is Khaliq and this is my wife Mumtazi and our three children. We have been trapped in the cycle of bonded labor, or modern-day slavery, for as long as I can remember. As a child, I began working in the brick kiln alongside my parents, and as I grew older, my own family was drawn into the same cycle of poverty and exploitation. We were forced to take loans from the kiln owner to cover our basic needs, and these loans never decreased, no matter how much we worked. We were forced to work 12-13 hour shifts, with no days off, and if for any reason we couldn’t work, such as when it rained, our loans would just increase. It was a never-ending cycle of labor and debt, and we despaired of ever breaking free. But through our family friends, we heard about Redeem the Oppressed, an organization that helps families like ours escape from slavery. They contacted us and in short order, our family was liberated from the brick kiln and the endless cycle of debt and exploitation. We are forever grateful to Redeem the Oppressed and the donors that make their mission possible. Without them, we would still be trapped in slavery, our children forced to work instead of going to school, our future and our dignity stolen from us. But now, we have hope for a better future. But there are still thousands of families like ours trapped in slavery in Pakistan, and we urge you to support Redeem the Oppressed in their mission to free them. Your donation can help free families from slavery, provide them with education, and support them as they rebuild their lives. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of these persecuted religious minorities.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.
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