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Appeal for support to Aanya Faris and family  

International Christian Voice (ICV) desires to be the voice of the voiceless Christians and other religious minorities of Pakistan.  Through local empowerment, international lobbying and assisting families fleeing from danger amongst many other things, International Christian Voice does all that it can to bring freedom to the lives of Pakistani Christians and other religious minorities. 

Refugees in Thailand

On October 25, 2015 a team of five representatives from the International Christian Voice flew to Bangkok, Thailand to visit some of the hundreds of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers and refugees who have fled to Thailand to seek help.  Due to severe persecution in Pakistan, many Christians have fled the country leaving their families, homes and lives behind.  Thailand, a country easily accessible to Pakistani’s has become a popular destination to those seeking a place to find refuge.  Currently, about 4000 Pakistani Christians are seeking asylum in Bangkok. 

Thailand however is not a part of the UNHCR’s signatory convention for refugees.  Due to this, the Thai government has been treating its asylum seekers and refugees in the most horrific ways.  Buildings where refugees reside are being raided by the police and people are put into either the central jail or the immigration detention centre (IDC).  Due to fear, people are unable to leave their homes, their children are unable to go to school and people are unable to work and provide for their families.  During our visit to Bangkok, we first hand witnessed the horrific living conditions of these Pakistani Christians. 

Aanya Faris

Of the hundreds of families, we visited, we came across one family that really caught our attention. This is the family of a 16-year-old girl named Anaya Faris.  Aanya and her family fled from Pakistan due to death threats. Aanya was being forced into marriage and to convert to Islam along with her family and upon their refusal, the family began to receive threats. Aanya’s father decided that fleeing the country to Bangkok was the best solution. Upon arriving in Bangkok, the family used up their savings within a few months and their father took on a job at a factory.  Due to the lack of training and safety measures, Mr. Faris lost three of his fingers while using one of the machines at the factory.  To receive proper medical attention in Thailand, you must pay a good amount of money, money that the Faris family did not have.  The proper treatment that was needed for the father wasn’t provided and eventually due to extreme pain, stress and fear, the father had multiple heart attacks and on the third heart attack, he lost his life. 

While every family we met in Bangkok had a father or a father figure in their life, this family was without a father and does not have anyone to help provide for them.  Aanya now lives with her two younger brothers and her mother.

Dear Friends,

To help assist this family, ICV has sent financial aid to Thailand every month since October 2015 in order to assist them with paying their monthly rent and buying their monthly groceries.

Now International Christian Voice, Canada (ICV) has a strong desire to help bring this family out from Thailand and into Canada.  ICV has had the opportunity to sponsor this family under a private sponsorship refugee program and in order to fulfill the refugee immigration criteria, we must have at least $27, 000 to support this family for one year.

As it is written in Matthew 25: 35: “When I was hungry, did you feed me? When I was in prison, did you visit me? When I was naked, did you provide me with clothing?” I believe if we help people like the Faris family, we are obeying the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Keeping this in mind, we urge you to help this family to get out from the miserable situation they are in and God Almighty will reward us.

For further details, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks and may God bless you.  

International Christian Voice

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