Rescue, Rehabilitation Missions

We have rescued 104 Christian slaves from the brick kiln.

 A recent study has revealed that slavery is one of the most serious crimes in the world, with a slave being forced to work for another person.

Our organization’s mission is to eradicate slavery in Pakistan. When our staff visited one of the kilns in May 2023 to gather data on Christian slaves, it was discovered that 18 families worked as slaves in a brick kiln. This was owned by a rich and influential landlord in South Punjab Pakistan. It is reported that families who cannot pay their debts by June 1, 2023, will be forced to give their daughters to Muslims for marriage.

Christian slave families were worried about their daughters’ futures. Our organization identified these families as subjected to extreme human rights violations. As part of our mission to provide relief and support in such cases, we felt a moral obligation to help them. We decided to focus our efforts on the 18 Christian families, as they were particularly vulnerable and at risk.

Taking care of 18 families (104 individuals) was a big task. The costs of the rescue mission itself, plus the costs of housing, food, clothing, and other essentials for the families were all considered. In addition, the team had to find places where the families could live and work and arrange for any necessary medical or psychological care. Within a few days, we arranged funding for this mission with the support of our partners and donors. The rescue of these families was largely contributed by one of our board members and some individuals.

On May 31st, 2023, we Rescued the families from the Kiln and moved them to safer locations in other cities. In addition, after the rescue, we found shocking and heart-wrenching stories of these persecuted Christian slaves. In the coming days, we will publish their stories and short interviews.

These families were given new homes, essential necessities, and jobs to restart their lives. This was a way to help families get back on their feet and become self-sufficient. The homes provided stability and security for the families, the essential items provided them the basics to survive, and the jobs gave them an income so they could run their families’ affairs without any obstacles.

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.