Christians Being ‘Chained Like Dogs’ After Seeking Asylum

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Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians. The persecution is so severe that record numbers of people are fleeing the country.

One of the places they are escaping to is Thailand. But as CBN News discovered, life for these asylum seekers is anything but easy.

Just ask Mustaq Faisal.

“My life is full of challenges,” he told CBN News.

With his voice quivering and tears filling his eyes, Faisal says he had no choice but to leave Pakistan.

Muslim neighbors accused the young Christian of tearing pages from the Koran–so they wanted his family killed.

“I was so scared. I told them I would never do anything like that to their holy book, but they didn’t believe me,” he said.

Forced to Flee 

Fearing for their lives, Faisal took his wife, Samina, and son, Joshua, and fled to Thailand with hopes of starting a new life free from Islamic death threats.

“The moment we arrived in Thailand I submitted our asylum application with the U.N.,” he said.

But six months after arriving in country, Faisal still had not heard back from the U.N.’s agency responsible for protecting refugees.

And with the family’s three-month tourist visa expired, the Thai government sent immigration police after them.

“I was not at home when the Thai police came to our apartment,” Faisal said. “My wife told them she was a heart patient and that they should not arrest her, but they didn’t listen.”

No Protection 

Under Thai law, any refugee who overstays their tourist visa, is illegally in country. Their arrested like Samina are taken in caged vans to an Immigration Detention Center or IDC.

“She was okay for the first three days, but then she got very ill on December 20,” said Faisal.

Faisal pleaded with the U.N. to help his sick wife.

“I kept asking, I kept crying, but they did not listen to me,” he said.

He begged detention guards to give her heart medications.

“I told them that if you don’t do anything, she will die,” he told CBN News.

Wilson Chowdhry, a Christian human rights advocate, tried to intervene but wasn’t too hopeful based on past experience.

“What we found is that the wardens protecting, meant to be protecting these detainees, deny them access to healthcare and medicines,” Chowdhry, director of British Pakistani Christian Association , told CBN News.

‘Chained Like Dogs’ 

His group and others obtained images showing what they say are “inhumane” conditions inside the IDC facility, including men chained like dogs.

“The stench as you walk in is overpowering. They have two toilets to serve over 200 people,” Chowdhry described.

And in some cases Chowdhry said, 200 people crammed in rooms that barely fit 100.

“So they are sleeping one on top of each other, or they’ll be sleeping crouching or standing up.”

On December 30, 2015, the U.N. finally responded to Faisal but with news that his wife Samina had died.

“My life is so terrible right now,” Faisal explained with tears rolling down his cheek. “We faced so many difficulties in Pakistan and that’s why we escaped to Thailand. Now I’m here and my wife is dead! What am I supposed to do? My son keeps asking, ‘Where is mommy?’ But I don’t have the courage to tell him the truth.”

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SOURCE: CBN News
George Thomas