French Embassy Officer receives flowers from Pak-Christian mourners shocked by attack in Paris.
A delegation of 7 Pakistani Christians, including British Pakistani Christian Association Chairman Wilson Chowdhry, visited the Mali Embassy and the
French Embass. The group bravely demonstrated their sympathy and solidarity with victims, despite the potential dangers of arrest and detainment they
all faced by doing so in a nation that deems them surplus to requirements.
people who were gathered for breakfast on 22nd September 2015, killing 19 international holiday makers and Malian citizens. This attack occured
only a week after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage takings occurred in Paris,
France, in which 130 people were killed and 368 injured – now labelled the worst attack on French soil since World War 2.
“Our hearts were moved when we heard of the Paris attacks. Despite our daily setbacks, we felt the pain of the French and Mali people who, like us, have suffered great loss as a consequence of Islamic extremism”
The delegation, who choose not to be named due to fears for their safety, had to make the trip at night when the two embassies were closed for fear
of arrest. Surprisingly there was little police and military security force near the Mali Embassy and despite the consulate being enclosed within an
office block, a kindly security officer allowed the small group access after a thorough search of all persons, our bouquet, and candles.
out of the taxi used for travel between embassies. The BPCA approached a French Embassy officer who agreed to take the flowers from our delegation
and present our card of sympathy to the French Ambassador.
The card read: “The Pakistani Christian asylum seeker community of Thailand and British Pakistani Christian Association express our great condolences
for your recent loss. The unprovoked attack on innocent communities in this fashion only serves to galvanise good humans against intolerance and hatred
and we declare our solidarity with you.
Psalm 23:4 King James Version (KJV)
After delivering the flowers, candles were lit in remembrance of the precious lives lost in the recent attacks.
Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA chairman said:
“Whilst in Thailand I was approached by several Pakistani Christian asylum seekers all of whom, despite their present illegal status due to Thai non ratification of the UN conventions for asylum, desired to express their condolences to the nations of France and Mali. Terrorists attacks such as these are sadly all too common in Pakistan and the asylum seekers who joined us have first hand experience of Islamic extremism and felt a real sense of loss for the innocent victims. Many more Pak-Christian asylum seekers wished to join us but we organised just a small group since we did not want to create a safety risk for them. What really struck me was the asylum seekers’ passion to do good for others despite the inhumane treatment they receive themselves. I believe the French Embassy officer who received the flowers from us recognised the passion in our faces when he offered to take the bouquet. Such small gestures, if amplified, could make this world a better place to live in.”
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Heartfelt prayers of sympathy and solidarity were offered for the victims of the Paris attack