Pakistan: Christians Forced to Live in Slums
Pakistan is country where Islam is the state religion. Desecration of the Quran is an offence that carries a life sentence. The blasphemy laws in force in Pakistan are often misused to target Christians. In 2012, Rimsha, a fourteen-year-old girl, was accused of burning a page of the Quran. Her arrest provoked protests worldwide. It turned out to be a false accusation, and Rimsha was released. She and her parents fled to Canada. Around 800 other Christians who lived in the same neighbourhood as Rimsha were threatened by militant Muslims and had to flee for their lives as well. Where are these people now, and how are they coping? VOM Canada partner SDOK went to Pakistan to find out.
From SDOK Netherlands