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Pakistan: No Longer Enemies

Pakistan

Seeta and Kamilah are teenage girls from a village in Pakistan. They were students at the village high school in the fall of 2005. Their favorite subject was art. Like many Pakistani girls, they used their artistic talent to draw designs on the backs of their hands with henna dye. Since this was forbidden at school, Seeta and Kamilah drew designs on only one hand and kept that hand hidden in their clothes!

The two friends enjoyed learning languages. They can speak a little English, as well as two Pakistani languages. They also loved to watch television, but they were able to do that only when visiting cousins in a city. Their homes in the village didn’t have television.

Seeta and Kamilah no longer attend school, study art, or learn languages. They don’t even live in houses anymore; they live in tents. Life is more of a struggle now.

On October 8, 2005, an earthquake shook the ground for six minutes in and around their village. When it ended, much of the village was rubble.

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Bold Believers in School

Pakistan

When we think about Christians around the world suffering for their faith, we often think about believers who are not allowed to own Bibles or whose churches are burned down. But Christians in non-Christian lands often have struggles in every part of their lives.

Pakistanis in Poverty
Many Christians in Pakistan are very poor. They are forced to take jobs no one else wants. For example, many work at brick factories making bricks for about $5 a week.

Why are Pakistani Christians forced to take low-paying jobs? In many cases they don’t have enough education to get better jobs. Some Christian children and youth have to work to help support their families, and they can’t go to school.

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