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Pakistani Christians to receive food help

by Hannah Tooley

Christian charity, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPC) is giving 100 asylum seeker and refugee families food supplies for one month in Thailand.

It is also announcing the start of a new free school that will serve at least 50 children in Bangkok, and supplies are already being sought out in the hope the school will be able to open over the coming weeks.

Wilson Chowdhry, BPC Chairman, told Premier: "The need is great for Pakistani Christians there, they simply cannot survive on their own, and churches have spoken of the inability for them to provide for such a huge number of victims."

"These Christians need your prayers, they are the re-persecuted.

"Many of them will have spent time in IDC, which is the immigration detention centre, arrested because they've overstayed their visas."

He said Pakistani Christians are fleeing their homeland in huge numbers after facing attacks in their home country.

He added these refugees waste what little resources they have feeding themselves and their families in the countries they escape to where work is not permitted to them until their refugee status is confirmed.

It is thought tens of thousands of Pakistani Christians to flee to countries in South East Asia such as Thailand and Sri Lanka, as tourism visas are relatively cheap.

But he stressed churches are unable to cope with the overwhelming need.

Papa Thongchai is involved in project in Bangkok at the Urdu Church in the Hands of God, he said: "We thank God that we are able to serve our Pakistani brothers, but continue to pray that the UNHCR streamlines their process, so victims can escape to a country where freedom is finally granted to them.

"We urge Christians to support the work of the BPCA which is doing much to highlight the problem faced by Pak-Christian asylum seekers and providing a more pragmatic solution to their problems.

Additionally, Green Pastures, a Christian charity, has also offered the BPC a property in which to help refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, a project which will be up and running within a few months.

The home in Ilford will house around four or five Pakistani Christian asylum seekers Wilson Chowdhry told Premier.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak with Wilson Chowdhry here:


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