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Saira Khurram went to Thailand in November 2011 with her husband Khurram Ashiq and two children: Mariam Khurram, 6 years old and Musa Khurram, 5 years old, after facing persecution in Pakistan due to their Christianbelief.

SairaSaira Khurram with Children Khurram and her husband left everything they owned in Pakistan and applied for refugee status in Thailand. Since their arrival in Thailand they, have faced many problems. Under such dire circumstances, as head of the family, Saira’s husband, Khurram Ashiq, tried his best to support his family but faced many challenges while dealing with the UNHCR and the Thai Government. He suffered from anxiety and depression, which were worsened when his asylum case was refused by the UNHCR. This refusal was very hard on him emotionally and he could not handle the shock, eventually leading to a heart attack that took his life on October 19th, 2017.

Saira Khurram is now living in Bangkok as the sole provider of her two children and does not have the proper financial or moral support to survive. Facing strict immigration laws in Thailand, there is no haven for her where she can protect herself and her two young children.

On October 27, 2017, ICV’s board members decided to help this family and took on the responsibility to sponsor them to come to Canada under a private sponsorship program, as we successfully did for the Faris family in March 2017. 

ICV has arranged a fundraiser in support of the Khurram family on March 2nd, 2018 and would like to thank in advance all who are willing to help them, thereby glorifying the Kingdom of God. We are looking forward to your positive response.

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