Christian Slaves in Pakistan? Report by Christian Freedom International. CFI
10 Mar 2003
Children should not have to make bricks 12 hours a day, six days a week. But in Lahore, Pakistan they do. In Pakistan, it is customary for Christian families to pay a dowry when their daughters marry. Many do not have the money as Christians are c
To afford the dowry, families who donÃ¢€™t have the funds secure a loan. For far too many Christians, the payback is a lifetime of making bricks. Owned by wealthy Muslims, the brickyards enslave the entire family. Families toil day in and day out making bricks. They must make over a thousand bricks a day to fill their quota. But it is never enough. Christian families in Lahore interviewed by Christian Freedom International have been working in the brickyards for generations--never able to leave. Dad, mom, and the children work together under the hot sun. Babies and children too young to work lie in makeshift beds by their parents as they work. Those too old or sick die in makeshift beds next to the yards.
After drying the bricks, they are inserted into an enormous furnace. The furnace is underground. The only way to insert the bricks is by walking on top of the furnace and placing the bricks into small holes. Those tending the furnace have a hot and dangerous job.
Many have died by breaking through, falling into the flames. At night the families sleep in crude dwellings next to the brickyard. There is no electricity and their children donÃ¢€™t go to school--this is the only life they will ever know. Christian Freedom International is working to break this cycle for as many brickyard slaves as resources allow. Working with and empowering indigenous Pakistani pastors and Christian leaders, CFI is funding Christian teachers. CFI is committed to providing educational materials and medicine--CFI wants to reach as many children in the brickyards and slums as possible.
CFI is seeking donations for this important initiative.