On 16 August, hundreds of people of the Muslim faith attacked the Christian quarter of Jaranwala, on the outskirts of the industrial city of Faisalabad, in the state of Punjab, east of Pakistan. Churches, houses and a Christian cemetery were vandalised and set on fire, causing considerable damage.
This violence was triggered by unfounded accusations of blasphemy against a Christian family. Christians, who make up about 2% of the population, are often victims of unfounded accusations and are targeted by the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.
The provincial government announced an investigation into the violence and more than 120 people were arrested.
The bishops of Pakistan invited the faithful to a moment of prayer ‘for interreligious harmony and to say no to any form of violence‘.
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Jeanne Antida Thouret who are in Faisalabad went to the site to bring their support and assistance to the Christian families affected by the attacks.
The Thouret Foundation is also committed to providing assistance to victims of violence and discrimination worldwide. The Foundation is currently trying to raise funds to help Christian families affected by the attacks in Jaranwala.
If you would like to help these families affected by persecution, you can make a donation to help rebuild the destroyed homes and purchase goods for the families.
Together we can make a difference.
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