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Rizwana and Family’s Story: Journey from Slavery to Liberation with Redeem the Oppressed

Rizwana’s Touching Story

My name is Rizwana and this is my husband Bashir. We have one son and two daughters. My husband Bashir and his family were already enslaved to a brick kiln owner. After I married him, the kiln owner said I had to also work at the kiln to pay off my husband’s debt. This was a debt that no matter how much my husband’s family worked, constantly grew. We felt trapped and hopeless in our situation, with no end in sight. Our children were born into slavery, forced to work at a very young age without any opportunity to experience school or get an education. The physical and emotional toll of working 12 hours a day, every day, was overwhelming. But, through it all, our faith sustained us. That is, until we heard about Redeem the Oppressed. Their team contacted us and in a short amount of time, they were able to liberate us from the cycle of debt and slavery. We are forever grateful for the hope and freedom that was granted to us by the generosity of Redeem the Oppressed’s donors. May God bless them abundantly so that they can continue to help other poor, needy, and enslaved brothers and sisters like they helped us.

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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