PAKISTAN – ACID ATTACKS SCAR PUNJABI CHRISTIANS

Barnabas Fund. On July, a 600-strong Muslim mob attacked Christians and their property in the village of Bahmani Walla, in the Kasur district of Punjab. The violence started when a Christian man driving a tractor requested that a Muslim man riding a motorcycle allow him to pass. This request was refused and a disagreement ensued. News of this was spread, along with allegations of blasphemy against Islam. Around 600 Muslims assembled and firebombed Christian homes, damaging 117 houses; water pumps were vandalised and water pipes broken, making it extremely difficult to extinguish the fires. Christians who returned home the following day found Islamic slogans were smeared across walls within the looted homes. Tractors and motorbikes owned by Christians were burnt or stolen too. Most alarming was the throwing of acid at the Christians as they fled the violence; at least nine women and four children were injured. Barnabas Fund is helping the victims of this horrific attack. To view the press release about this incident, visit http://www.barnabasfund.org/Crisis-appeals.

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