Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Wednesday 04 November 2009
Pakistan: Christians Distressed in Roadside Camp
|Up to 2,000 Christians have been forced to live in tents on a traffic island in the heart of Islamabad for several months.||
The scorching summer heat, which can reach up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), has made the camp virtually unbearable. Up to 20 people are having to share a tent. The only water supply runs close to an open pit latrine and a waste dump.
More than a year ago the Christian families found themselves homeless after the authorities reneged on their promise of some land for them in the Chak Shahzad district of Islamabad. The families were forced to put up tents in the road amidst squalid conditions. It is feared that typhoid will come to the camp, and that many of the Christians, especially some of the younger children, could die from dehydration, illness, or the cumulative effects of poverty. The Pakistan authorities have been slow to act to alleviate the Christians’ suffering. Barnabas partners in Pakistan commented, “Since Christians are discriminated against by the majority population, nothing has been done to help them.”