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In comparison to other countries, Christians in Pakistan have a considerable amount of freedom to follow their religion. However, this freedom is constantly monitored to ensure that the religion does not cross the imposed boundaries. There are religious extremist groups that are actively engaging in acts of violence, and the government’s blasphemy laws are often used to falsely accuse a person of belonging to a religious minority. Therefore, in spite of the relative freedom, publicly declaring one’s faith in Christ is still dangerous and life-threatening. All Christians face institutionalized discrimination, given only jobs that are deemed degrading. Although historically, churches are relatively free to worship, they are heavily monitored and have been targeted for bomb attacks. The odds are overwhelmingly against them–opposed by their government, families, and even neighbors. There are many stories from Pakistan that have made headlines in international newspapers. However, there are also many stories that remain hidden because of the violence and persecution resulting from open retaliation. Most Christians (81%) of Pakistan live in Punjab province. Learn more about persecution in Pakistan.

Here are some of VOC’s stories from Pakistan

An Elderly man was lynched by a mob, while police stood by.

An Elderly man was lynched by a mob, while police stood by.

6.10.2024     A 70-year-old Christian man, Nazir Masih, has died from severe head injuries sustained in a mob attack in Pakistan last week. The attack occurred after false accusations of blasphemy were made against him. Claims were made that he had burned...

Afghan Refugees Face Continued Persecution in Pakistan.

Afghan Refugees Face Continued Persecution in Pakistan.

06.08.2024   M.K. is a single mom and former police officer with 12 years of service addressing family issues and voilence against women in Kabul. On May 9, 2018, she survived a suicide bombing at the police station when a grenade failed to explode that was...

Meet Moosa:  He just got the chance to be a kid again

Meet Moosa: He just got the chance to be a kid again

5.20.2024 A Child Robbed of His Childhood   Moosa is 6 years old but just completed kindergarten at the Living Hope Center School. He has faced unimaginable challenges in his young life. His family, belonging to the Christian minority in Pakistan, has been...

A Somali Christian faces deportation to the country she escaped from

A Somali Christian faces deportation to the country she escaped from

“When there is a seminar, I run from home. I took my clothes, put them in my bag… when I came back I was beaten [by my brothers] but If you ask me why I’m doing this, I don’t know why.” “Victoria”, a Somali woman, born in a Muslim community, reached out to VOC to ask...

Brick Kiln Factories

Brick Kiln Factories

4.23.2024       The Brick Kiln Factories are places where generations of families are trapped in debt bondage, forced to work for years in heinous conditions to repay loans.  Forced to make over 1,500 bricks a day, they are not told how much they owe or...

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