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Thailand recently initiated a new protection program for foreign asylum seekers. However, the British Asian Christian Association, along with the refugees under our care, expresses concern that numerous deserving individuals may face rejection or be deterred from applying due to the fear of arrest and deportation. Meanwhile, the British Asian Christian Association (BACA) persists in running its aid program for Pakistani Christian refugees and asylum seekers. We remain vigilant,  awaiting any progress and assistance that may become available to support them. In recent times, the spotlight has turned to the plight of thousands of Pakistani Christians seeking asylum in Thailand,…

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#IndiangenocideofChristians In a series of events on 29th November 2023, 22 Indian Christian Pastors and Missionaries found themselves in police custody across Uttar Pradesh, a state in North India. This arrest follows the enforcement of the Anti-Conversion Bill by the state’s Chief Minister, Mr. Yogi Adityanath, with the support of the Indian BJP Party. The Anti-Conversion Bill: Uttar Pradesh has been grappling with the Anti-Conversion Bill, a measure aimed at preventing forced conversions to Christianity. The State Police initially identified 42 Christian leaders for their alleged involvement in “Trying for Forced Conversions to Christianity.” Notably, these arrests were made without…

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Hannah Chowdhry, a law student at the University of Aberdeen, has been recognized as a ‘Leadership Trailblazer’ by This is Youth—an award ceremony organized by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. She earned this distinction for her commendable efforts in establishing a ‘Meals for the Homeless’ project while volunteering with the British Asian Christian Association in Ilford, during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her dedication resulted in her kitchen receiving a prestigious 5-star rating from Redbridge Council. Despite being in operation for just a few months, she swiftly assumed the role of spearheading the sole homeless meals service…

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#IndiangenocideofChristians In the North East Indian state of Manipur, the Christian community is facing a grave humanitarian crisis, marked by violence, displacement, and a systematic attempt to erase their existence. This disturbing reality, unfolding since May 2023, reveals a shocking narrative of persecution and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Meitei Hindu community against the Kuki Zo Tribal Christians. The orchestrated attacks, carefully planned over the course of a year, began with a violent assault on the Kuki Zo community, predominantly Christians of the region. The brutality escalated, leading to the rape, murder, and burning of homes, schools, theological colleges, and…

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As winter tightens its grip, Ukraine finds itself grappling with extreme weather conditions, causing widespread disruptions across the country. The State Emergency Service reported that 386 settlements in 10 regions have been significantly affected, with snowstorms leading to power cuts and creating chaos on the roads. The southern port of Odesa, in particular, has witnessed some of the most intense weather, with a staggering 1.5 meters of snow blanketing the region. The Kyiv-Odesa highway is closed, and the aftermath includes a 100-meter-long pipe collapse of a boiler-house in the city. According to NBC News, there have been 71 car accidents…

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In the rural outskirts of Sindh, a heartbreaking incident unfolded as Jammu Masih, a 28-year-old Christian farm worker, saw his entire world crumble when his mudbrick house succumbed to a fierce blaze. The calamity struck when a sparking straw from a burning pile of cotton residue on a nearby farm found its way to the husky roof of Jammu’s humble abode. Initially the family received an apology from the landowner who later threatened violence if they sought compensation. Eventually the landlord offered to pay £50 if the family agreed to enter into a slavery contract, which the family have refused…

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Aleeza Masih, a resilient 7-year-old survivor of the brutal terrorist attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta during advent 2017 (click here), is not only alive but thriving, thanks to the intervention of the British Asian Christian Association. Aleeza was just 1.5 years old when the attack occurred during a nativity service, claiming the lives of nine innocent people and injuring 52 others (click here). https://youtu.be/kMSwyYIEyEk Aleeza’s survival was attributed to the courage of volunteer Christian security officers. However, she suffered severe injuries, losing her right foot and sustaining damage to her bowels from shrapnel. Initial treatment at a…

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Pasrur, Sialkot: In the early hours of the morning, tragedy befell the Talvandi Anayat Khan Bajwa community in Pasrur, Sialkot, when 20-year-old Farhan ul Qamar (20 yrs), an aspiring medical student and devout Christian, was brutally murdered in his own home. The assailant, identified as Muhammad Zubair (24 yrs), targeted Farhan for expressing support for Israel on social media during the recent conflict with Palestine. For an agonizing half-hour, the heartless assailant subjected the family and other Christians in the vicinity to relentless abuse, baselessly accusing them of being Jewish agents and issuing ominous threats of mass murder. The remorseless…

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Fiona Bruce MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, held a Pakistan FoRB roundtable meeting on 26 October at 2 – 3.30pm. The roundtable meetings, bring together civil society with FCDO colleagues from the Pakistan Desk and posted in Pakistan to share concerns about the Freedom of Religion and Belief situation there. The meeting was held at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, King Charles St, London, SW1A 2AH. Juliet Chowdhry, Trustee for British Asian Christian Association, addressed the event that was also attended by Bishop emeritus/Monsignor Michael Nazir-Ali, John Pontifex of Aid to the Church…

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In August of this year, the Sindh region of Pakistan faced severe consequences due to heavy rainfall, resulting in substantial losses of property, livestock, and crops. Amidst this crisis, the Christian community residing in mud brick houses at Khwaja Stop found themselves in dire need of assistance. British Asian Christian Association (BACA) played a crucial role in responding to their needs, providing essential items such as food and mosquito nets (click here). Now we have installed a water pump. The initiative was sparked by the efforts of Evangelist Prabhu Das, a dedicated volunteer who had witnessed BACA’s previous assistance during…

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