There are 187 live cases of blasphemy against Christians in the country, who desperately need our help. An accusation of blasphemy is so damaging that the whole family of the accused is suddenly plunged into a life of misery and they risk being lynched.
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ACN is working with Church partners such as Father Mani to provide vital assistance to victims of blasphemy. This includes legal aid, jail visits, devotional items and practical help such as food, medicine, schooling and safe houses for their family.
ACN is working with Church partners such as Father Mani to provide vital assistance to victims of blasphemy. This includes legal aid, jail visits, devotional items and practical help such as food, medicine, schooling and safe houses for their family. Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to you, the benefactors of ACN, Father Mani said: “Many thanks to those of you who support us with your prayers and gifts…”
ACN is appealing for help to support thousands of people who – like Asia Bibi – live under the shadow of Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws. Articles 295B and 295C of Pakistan’s Penal Code impose the death penalty for blasphemy against the Muslim Prophet Mohammed and life imprisonment for desecration of the Qur’an. With mob rule commonplace and corruption widespread, large numbers of people are accused of crimes they have not committed. Latest reports state that, since the blasphemy laws were first introduced in 1987, more than 1,500 Christians have been accused of blasphemy. Many of their families have also suffered. They are forced out of their homes and into hiding; they have lost their jobs and many risk being lynched.
HOW ACN IS HELPING
Working with the Church’s National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), ACN is providing vital assistance to blasphemy victims:
Father Emmanuel ‘Mani’ Youssaf, National Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, said: “We are now very aware of the hatred and bias that exists towards the Christian community. We fully expect many more appeals for legal and paralegal help.”
“Many thanks to those of you who support us with your prayers and gifts. Please continue to be generous and contribute towards this noble cause that is so important for the Christian community.”