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Islamabad’s Capital Development Authority demolished 115 houses of Christian Slum dwellers, but left Muslim homes standing. The demolition took place, despite Islamabad High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan having previously refused applications to bulldoze homes in the area. Read more (here) and (here). Hundreds of Christian families were left sheltering under makeshift homes made of cloth and bamboo, or tents.  BACA visited the victim families and arranged a Christmas service and provided gifts of clothing and blankets, to bring some cheer to beleaguered families.  A hearty meal was also provided (click here). On 8th January a CDA demolition…

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Homeless people that gather in Ilford for our hot meal and foodbank distribution were served a chocolatey treat, after one of our volunteers Naomi Chowdhry, turned up with a birthday cake for them. Naomi turned 15 on New Years Day and gave up an opportunity to meet with her friends and travel to London, so that she could share her cake with our regular visitors.  Attendees at our Meals for the Needy Project include, homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees and others struggling with the current economic climate. We only have the three images above of the event as only Juliet…

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In 2015 after an absence of a public nativity scene in Ilford BACA began a programme of building one with local children and partner churches in our shop window.  The project was a real success with good attention from local media. With our shop then conveniently placed before a zebra crossing and near 3 primary and 3 secondary schools the nativity was seen by a large number of local residents who would often take pictures, inspired by the return of Jesus to Ilford.  Read more (here). Thanks to Hannah Chowdhry, the project ran for several years often with school volunteers…

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IMAGE: BACA volunteer Pastor Danyal Masih meets the family of Diya Bheel and prays for them. Four Occultists have been charged  for the ritual killing of Diya Bheel, a mother of five who was gang-raped, skinned and beheaded on Boxing Day 2022, in Sanghar, Sindh, Pakistan. Amongst those charged with the crime is her own brother Diya Ram. All four suspects have been remanded into a five-day-custody by the anti-terrorism court in Nawabshah, Sindh. Police have revealed that one suspect has already confessed his involvement in the murder of Diya Bheel, this was a major breakthrough in the investigation. Women…

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Image of the small Christian enclave in a village that neighbours Deputy Sahab Village where Diya Bheel was killed. Hindu and Christian women in Nazam Rajput Village, Sanghar call for protection after Diya Bheel sex horror crime. Diya Bheel was raped, killed, skinned alive, had her breasts severed off and was beheaded, in a savage attack on Boxing Day (26 December) 2022.  Read more (here). Now Hindu and Christian women have told BACA they no longer feel safe in their community.  Abduction and rape is a common occurrence they say, but the savage mutilation and murder has exacerbated existing anxiety. News…

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IMAGE:  Aleeza Masih and her parents in January 2022 as they sought a new limb. Aleeza Masih(6 yrs) was 1.5 years when she survived the brutal terrorist attack on a church in Quetta on 17th December 2017 (click here). The attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church during a nativity service, killed 9 people. The attack would have been more devastating had it not been for the bravery of volunteer Christian security officers (click here). Aleeza Masih lost her left leg (from knee downwards) and bowels after a large piece of shrapnel embedded itself into her limb. She was initially treated at…

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IMAGE:  Diya Bheel (RIP) A widow of 42, with five young children was gang-raped by five men before they killed her, skinned her alive, chopped of her breasts and beheaded her for good measure. The horrific sexual violence took place in Sindh Pakistan, where here mutilated body was then dumped in a wheat field. Later the body was found with the skull and many areas of her ribs exposed , after being sliced of by a sharp sickle. The body of a 42-year-old mother of five children, was discovered on 26th December 2022, naked mutilated and showing evidence of gang…

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In late October, only a month and a half before Christmas, Christians living in the slums of Islamabad were forced to watch as a provincial Government agency destroyed their homes. Read more (here). Christian homes were destroyed because they were ugly, whereas Muslim homes made of similar construction were left standing, in an action that was highly discriminatory. The demolition took place despite Islamabad High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan having previously refused applications to bulldoze homes in the area. Read more (here) and (here).  It is not known if any court has sanctioned the demolition, however, the…

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A dispute over the right for sewage water that that passed by the home of a Christian family to travel past a Muslim shrine, resulted in the killing of a young Christian man and his mother.  Read more (here) In October 2021 almost a year after the murder of Usman Masih RIP (25 yrs) and Yasmeen Bibi RIP (55 yrs), the killer Hasan Shakoor Butt was sentenced to death. His mother Ishrat Bibi however, was shown leniency for her age.  This despite the fact that she had begun the argument and called for her son to murder Usman and Yasmeen. …

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Several Christian families in Pakistan have benefitted from items no longer needed by our supporters in England.  Two of the bags of clothing we sent during COVID-19 reached Pakistan last week just days before Christmas and we have been able to distribute them in Lahore, amongst deprived communities linked to St John’s Church. Our helpers, first washed the clothes, than organised them by size and and then invited local families to come and take what they wanted. There have been shoes, shirts, and trousers and much more that will ensure struggling families have much less to worry about.  Many of…

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