Around 212,669,000 people live in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Pakistanis are a complex mix of indigenous peoples who have been affected by successive waves of migrations of Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Pashtuns, Mughals, and Arabs. The national language is Urdu, but many also speak English, Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, and Balochi. Islam (primarily Sunni) is the official religion of Pakistan, although there are many Christians and Hindus present as well.
Violence against women and girls—including rape, so-called honor killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage—remains a serious problem. According to the Human Rights Watch, Pakistani activists estimate that there are about 1,000 “honor” killings every year.
There are 4.5 million bonded laborers in Pakistan who are forced to work making bricks in kilns. The majority of laborers are children who are deprived of basic human rights like adequate food and education. Most families are trapped in systemic poverty for generations because a family member needed a small loan or cash advance at an exorbitant interest rate. Not even death relieves a family of the burden, as the debt transfers to another family member until it is paid-in-full. When laborers try to break free from this system, they are commonly accused of crimes and imprisoned or met with violence. The agreed-upon wage is rarely paid to the worker and the worker is essentially powerless.
Global Mission Awareness is working in Pakistan to purchase these vulnerable people’s freedom, provide education, food, medical care, and help them start businesses. If you want to give towards this project, click here!