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Sara Sumbal needs your help

Sara’s Story

My name is Sara Sumbal. My family and I are asylum seekers in Bangkok, Thailand. We fled our home in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2013 when we became victims of persecution after my father, a Christian evangelist, was labeled a blasphemer under the Blasphemy Law for evangelising a Muslim man. My father was initially threatened by two Muslim clerics to stop evangelising or they would kill him and his family. They then ordered him to convert to Islam and all would be well. When he refused, they and the male members of the Muslim man’s family beat him unconscious and left him for dead on a garbage heap. Family of Sajjad domnick

          Sara with her family prior to their detention

After my father’s recovery, the extremists threatened him again with death because he continued holding prayer meetings. Because we were traumatised and terrified, our family fled form Karachi to a friend’s home in the city of Bahawalpur.

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TRIP TO THAILAND, MALAYSIA AND PAKISTAN

APRIL 30- MAY 15, 2018

International Christian Voice is committed to highlighting the plight of persecuted, marginalized,

IMG 0218 and vulnerable religious minorities in Pakistan.

In pursuance of our goal to successfully bring to Canada our most recently sponsored refugee family - for whom our community and friends have so generously donated to meet their financial obligations - it became necessary to visit Pakistan and Thailand to assess firsthand the difficulties from which this family and others are suffering. Further, it is important for ICV to educate and bring awareness to asylum seekers on how to properly apply for Canadian immigration under Canada's Private Sponsorship Program and other programs.During the sponsorship process, ICV encountered a serious roadblock when the office of the UNHCR did not accept the application for our sponsored family, claiming that since the husband died in Thailand, his wife and children were no longer in danger in Pakistan and hence should go back to Pakistan.

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Progress Report on the Faris Family

In November 2015, International Christian Voice visited Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand to survey the severity of their living conditions. During our visit, we met the Faris family and heard their story. Mr. Ayub Faris and his family fled from Pakistan to save their lives after an attempted kidnapping of his 16 year old daughter, Aanya, was made by a local Islamic fundamentalist. Fortunately, she was able to escape, but the perpetrator remained adamant on kidnapping her and forcing the family to convert. In this dire situation, the quickest and easiest option for the family was to flee to Thailand.

     arrival of faris familyFaris family with ICV team

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HAPPY BLESSED AND JOY FILLED EASTER

HE IS RISEN: REJOICE IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

On behalf of International Christian Voice (ICV), I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed Resurrection Day. Every year we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, who came into this world to redeem the suffering humanity and to unburden those who are bent under the heavy burden of oppression. 

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International Christian Voice strongly urges the Islamabad High Court to review its decision.

March18,2018

In a new setback for Pakistan’s Christians and other religious minorities, Islamabad’s High Court has ruled that Pakistani citizens must declare their religion when applying for identity documents such as birth certificates, national I.D. cards, voter’s lists, and passports. Every citizen’s true religion must also be visible when applying for jobs in the government, judiciary, armed forces, and other civil services.

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Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Gala 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

International Christian Voice (ICV) held its second fundraiser gala in support of refugee families on the occasion of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti’s 7th death anniversary on Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Gala 2018 3The gala, which was held at Westmount Event Centre in the city of Vaughan, Ontario was attended by distinguished human rights activists, representatives from the Canadian government, and residents of the Greater Toronto Area. The purpose of the event was to carry forward the legacy of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti – Pakistan’s most renowned Christian freedom fighter who was assassinated on March 2, 2011 for his stance against religious intolerance in Pakistan – by raising funds to sponsor a deserving Pakistani refugee family suffering in Thailand. Organized with the strong support of Weston Road Pentecostal Church and the events many other generous donors, the Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Gala highlighted the plight of victimized and persecuted Christians around the world.

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Exclusive footage of Shahbaz Bhatti\'s interview

Sara Sumbal needs your help

Sara’s Story

My name is Sara Sumbal. My family and I are asylum seekers in Bangkok, Thailand. We fled our home in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2013 when we became victims of persecution after my father, a Christian evangelist, was labeled a blasphemer under the Blasphemy Law for evangelising a Muslim man. My father was initially threatened by two Muslim clerics to stop evangelising or they would kill him and his family. They then ordered him to convert to Islam and all would be well. When he refused, they and the male members of the Muslim man’s family beat him unconscious and left him for dead on a garbage heap. 

          Sara with her family prior to their detention

After my father’s recovery, the extremists threatened him again with death because he continued holding prayer meetings. Because we were traumatised and terrified, our family fled form Karachi to a friend’s home in the city of Bahawalpur.

Read more...

Backgrounder - Diefenbaker Award and Recipients Shahbaz Bhatti

Shahbaz Bhatti was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and named Federal Minister for Minorities a portfolio he accepted because of the opportunity it offered to defend the oppressed and marginalized of Pakistan.

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