Rescue, Rehabilitation Missions

Samra Saleem and Family Were Freed From Slavery And Forced Conversion.

Forced conversion to Islam is one of Pakistan’s growing problems. This is done in various ways, such as threats, intimidation, and violence. In Pakistan, forced conversions refer to cases where individuals are forced to change their religion, often from minority religious communities to Islam. These cases usually involve vulnerable people, especially women, and girls, who are kidnapped, forcibly married to Muslim men, and forced to convert against their will.

For the first time, we faced a situation where almost all Christian workers in the brick kiln were forced to convert. We’ve shared a few stories over the past few days, and here’s another.

A Christian family of 6 worked at a brick kiln in South Punjab, Pakistan. The family has taken a loan of three hundred thousand Pakistani rupees for their needs. The kiln owner forced the family to live in the kiln by doubling their debt. He did not allow them to attend family functions or church services.

In order to force them to accept Islam, he also forced them to start giving Islamic education to their children and even attempted to lure them by waiving half of their loans. His offer was rejected by the family. 

Saleem Masih’s family, like many other families, found themselves under pressure when they were given a deadline to pay off their debt. If they failed to meet this deadline, they were faced with the distressing reality that their daughter would be married to a Muslim without the family’s consent or will.

This is the Story of the Saleem Family.

In the same way as others, thanks to God, we have freed this family and provided them with everything they need to survive and restart their lives.

Forced Conversion Although it is a long-standing issue in Pakistan, it mainly affects the Hindu, Christian, and Sikh communities. Human rights organizations and activists have expressed concern about the lack of legal protections and the justice system’s failure to adequately resolve these cases.

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.