My daughter was born in this tent…

My daughter was born in this tent and died in it.

You did not get the chance to meet her. If you had met the beautiful Arwa, you would have certainly loved her. I do not have a picture of her. My daughter came into this world and left it without a single picture taken. The world does not know of her existence in the first place.

All of us, we Syrians, have become numbers, numbers that decrease or increase. When the storm came that took her the number decreased.

We tried. We tried a lot to warm her up. I begged for a cover to protect her from the heavy showers, or a small blanket to prevent the cold from seeping into her body. No one cared. She was four months at the time, and her frail body could not bear the cold. Continue reading

Asia Bibi’s life in prison – Christian persecution in Pakistan

UPDATE: 14 October 2016

On 13 October 2016, Asia Bibi’s appeal against a death sentence for Blasphemy was scheduled to go before the Supreme Court in Pakistan, but has been delayed.

Asia was accused of blasphemy after an argument with two Muslim women in 2009 and has been in prison since. The blasphemy law in Pakistan carries only one penalty. Judges have no choice but a death sentence if a person is found guilty. The blasphemy law has long been used against minorities in the country, with false accusations often made against Christians.

Her case has been delayed with no date scheduled and a judge has excused himself from the case. This means she will remain in prison, awaiting a new trial date.

Keep praying for Asia and her family. While the process of appeals and situation in prison has not been good for Asia, a positive verdict could be a turning point for Christians in Pakistan. If Asia is found not guilty or it’s found that the investigation was flawed, it is likely that changes to the law will be proposed. Asia’s case has also brought a lot of attention to the law and made many in Pakistan call for changes.


Six years on from her initial arrest, Asia (Aasiya) Bibi is still waiting in prison for her final appeal before the highest court of appeal.

Asia was sentenced to death under Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws. That sentence was confirmed by several courts. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court allowed her a leave to appeal. In effect, this meant her death sentence was temporarily delayed until the Supreme Court rules on her case.

This may take six to eight years to happen.

Asia Bibi with two of her daughters (2010)

Asia Bibi with two of her daughters (2010)

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I Believe God Has a Solution: 4 things a Syrian Refugee shared with us about the conflict

I Believe God has a Solution: 4 things a Syrian Refugee shared with us about the conflict

At the moment a civil war is waging in Syria. For 4 million people, fleeing their country was the only option, and a further 7.6 million have been left stranded within their own country.

Recently we interviewed a Syrian Christian Refugee who lived in Daraa when the first protests started in 2011. Achmad*, who asked us not to use his real name or say where he is living now, told us…

 

  1. Most people wanted change in the beginning

In 2011, a period of change swept the Arab world. It was a movement led by thousands of people that brought hope and espoused ideas such as democracy. It was the Arab Spring. Continue reading