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Asia Bibi and Isabelle-Anne Tollet Copyright: François Thomas
Asia Bibi and Isabelle-Anne Tollet Copyright: François Thomas
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'I'll tell you everything': Persecuted Christian Asia Bibi promises to reveal all in new autobiography

by Tola Mbakwe

A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has released two photographs taken in exile.

Asia Bibi, 49, was freed last year and now lives in Canada with her family under new identities due to still receiving death threats from extremists.

She released an autobiography on Wednesday called 'Free at Last' which was written in French with journalist Isabelle-Anne Tollet.

Tollet, who is a correspondent in Pakistan, became an ardent support of Bibi during her imprisonment and wrote two books about her case.

An excerpt from the book reads: "I don't remember the dates, but there are days we don't forget. Like 9th June, 2010. I arrived, before the sun went down, for the first time at the Shekhupura detention centre, where I spent three years before changing prison as we change houses."

 Copyright: François Thomas

Bibi, who was a farm worker was arrested in May 2009 due to an argument at work.

She was asked to collect a bowl of water, but when she returned with it, was abused by Muslim co-workers who said she should not be allowed to touch the bowl because she's a Christian.

A big row ensued, and a few days later Bibi was beaten by a mob who claimed she insulted the Muslim prophet Mohammed during the argument. She reportedly witnessed to her faith in the resurrection of Jesus during the incident.

In November 2010, Asia was sentenced to death by a Pakistani trial court and was released in November 2018.

Following her release she was kept in protective custody in Islamabad as extremists in Pakistan were angry about her freedom and called for her to be executed.

Bibi was granted asylum in Canada in May last year and now lives there with her two daughters.

Speaking about the book, she said: "My story, you know it through the media, you may have tried to put yourself in my place to understand my suffering...But you are far from representing my daily life, in prison, or in my new life and it is why, in this book, I'll tell you everything."

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