Pakistan – Christians flee violence in swat

Aid groups estimate that nearly 2 million people have been displaced by fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani military in Swat, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Hundreds of Christian families are amongst the displaced people and are in particular need of assistance because of the discrimination they suffer in daily life and even now as refugees. Pakistani Christians, who are often poor day laborers, are particularly vulnerable in the mass exodus as prices of transport and products rise sharply. Some families have had to flee the valley on foot as they had no money for transport, and they were unable to stock up on resources before escaping the war-ravaged area. Most of the displaced people who have fled Swat are in temporary shelter and the numbers of families arriving at the makeshift camps are increasing with each passing day. In some areas, government relief workers have forbidden Christians and other minority faiths from setting up tents or eating with Muslim refugees. Local Christian schools have dismissed their students early to make room for the displaced people, opening their doors to the evacuated Christians because of the government attitude towards religious minorities. • Pray for all the families who have fled their homes in Swat. Pray especially for Christians and other non-Muslim minorities that discrimination against them in the refugee camps will cease. • Pray that the Christians will find strength and hope in the Lord Jesus and will be able to bring comfort to others. • Pray for the aid that Barnabas Fund is sending through the churches and for all the aid being sent to help the displaced people, that all who are in need will be assisted.


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