Meeting the Needs of the Body: Pakistani Woman Receives COVID Relief
05/31/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In the past three months, International Christian Concern documented at least four incidents of Christians denied food aid in Pakistan. Often relegated to lower levels of society, Pakistani Christians and other religious minorities are already economically disadvantaged and comprise significant portions of the day laborer positions. Since Pakistan’s national lockdown on March 21 in response to COVID-19, the Christians that relied heavily on these types of jobs found themselves without an income and struggling to provide for their families.
One such Christian who felt the impact of the lockdown is Ruby. An elderly Pakistani Christian woman, Ruby sought food assistance from her local community at a mosque. However, when she appealed to them, Ruby was turned away. She was just one of the many initially denied food aid because of their religious identity.
When ICC heard of Ruby’s plight, the team immediately began to reach out and see how ICC could help. In April, just a few weeks after the national lockdown began, ICC was able to provide food aid to Ruby and several other families also denied assistance. Ruby received a food package to last her and her family for one month as a result of ICC’s generous partners These food packages consisted of nutritious essentials for the Pakistani families, including beans, flour, milk, soup, cooking oil, teas and other assorted foods.
“I thank you for considering me eligible for the foodstuff. This food aid is like ‘providing life’ to my family... My children are daily wagers and there isn’t any opportunity outside to earn money. This food aid means a lot for us.”
Upon receiving the aid, Ruby told ICC, “I thank you for considering me eligible for the foodstuff. This food aid is like ‘providing life’ to my family. I had almost started begging from wealthy people therefore I appreciate this food assistance. I am an elderly woman. My children are daily wagers and there isn’t any opportunity outside to earn money. This food aid means a lot for us.” As a result of the food aid, Ruby’s family could utilize their money for other necessities or continue to save for future needs.
With Pakistan still under a national lockdown, Christians continue to struggle without income or supplemental support. Additional challenges such as reported conversions in exchange for food aid alarm local Christians and organizations like ICC. Please join ICC in praying for those who are struggling to survive under the national lockdown in Pakistan, and pray for those affected by the coronavirus. Donations to help serve our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ can be made here.
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