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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Pakistan: "Convert to Islam or you're not getting aid", Christians told

Agenzia Fides - ASIA/PAKIST�N - Discriminaci�n en los auxilios: episodios y testimonios:
"There are a lot of cases of humanitarian aid's discrimination about which Agencia Fides has been informed, against Christians, other religious minorities, dalits and weaker. "The general picture of social and religious discrimination in Pakistan is more heinous everyday and is contaminating solidarity made to the country", says a Fides' source. Among victims, rage is growing, and last Thursday, in Hyderabad, a lot of them protested in a march against the mistreatment suffered by religious minorities.
Humanitarian operators and NGOs in Pakistan have told Fides that in Thatta's district, flooded these past days, a lot of Christian families have been denied aid, even from Government's civil servants.
Zubair Masih says: "I come from Sukkur. We have lost everything. We have gone to a camp for victims near Thatta but they haven't let us enter because we are Christians".
Abid Masih, Christian, is living in a camp near Larkana, and says: "My wife is sick, but the doctor doesn't want to visit and cure here and has told us to wait for the Health World Organisation to send Christian doctors". 
Aamir Gill, a victim from Dadu, says: "I arrived with my family to a camp near Hyderabad, but the manager didn't want to register us because we are Christians and didn't give us anything. We are obliged to go".
Carl Moeller, president of the American organization "Open Doors", which publishes a report about persecuted Christians around the world, in a note sent to Fides says: "Some Christian victims have been denied aid openly, while others have been invited to go or to convert to Islam. We can imagine the terrible decision: abandoning one's faith to be able to feed your own child".
It's pathetic that we are sending aid to this country without obliging authorities to treat everyone as equals. It's amazing to what extent religious hate can grow...

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