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Contents Chapter

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1. Introduction……………………………..…….…...………3 2. Executive Director’s Message………….…………..….…..4 3. Legal Aid Program……………………………….....……...6 4. Health Program………………………………….......….….9 5. Skill Development Program………………….….…….…13 6. Awareness Program……………………………...…..……14 7. Capacity Building.........................................................16 8. External Evaluation………………..…….…………..…….18 9. TKWC Visitors……………………..….…..………….……19 10. Future Vision………………………..………..……….....20 11. Director’s Visit to India……………………………..…..22 12. Project Restoration ……………….……….……………..23

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1. Introduction In the present era of modernization and globalization women have earned a lot of social, economical, political as well as legal recognition and status around the world. Pakistan has a strong patriarchal culture, where domestic violence, honor killing, rape are common and rampant due to women rights mass awareness campaigns either belonging to the rural sector or urban area. Realizing this situation, Talitha Kumi Welfare Center is not merely engaged in target-oriented development with stress on numerical indicators. Instead, we prefer to portray our organization and ourselves in modest manners as a small team of dedicated professionals working towards the achievements of realistic goals i.e.; • To train women become economically independent • To provide legal aid to the women victim of any kind of violence. • To make them aware of their legal rights and family laws • To enable them learn various skills and to equip them to market their products • To promote awareness and sensitivity about sexual and reproductive health rights, information, education and service. • To empower women over come violence against women particularly sexual violence and child abuse. • To nurture women spiritually and theologically We refrain from making grandiose promises to the masses and do not claim to bring about miraculous changes for them overnight. Yet we do believe that in pursuit of our holistic objectives, we are by implication striving to serve the cause of humanity. Our committed and competent team is creating women awareness and empowerment programs within identified communities.

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2. Director’s Remarks I am pleased to present to you the report of the performance of Talitha Kumi Welfare Center for the year 2005. The routine activity programs continued a planned but most of our time in first half of the year was spent in internal and external evaluation. We received the team from Sweden, Pakistan committee-Ms. Helena Lind and Rev.Ulf Sanden. The time spent with them was most exciting and challenging; walking through the communities, visiting homes of the recipients, was very encouraging and rewarding. The External evaluation was carried out by Skill Development Council of the Government of Pakistan. Through the evaluator’s visits we have come to realized that people have developed tremendous confidence in TKWC and its programs. Community is more receptive and relate with the TKWC. Where the first half of the year was spent in evaluation, the second half of the year was taken up by relief operation due to colossal earth quake which hit Pakistan on 8th October 2005. TKWC in collaboration with the Diocese of Raiwind established a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Balakot being emergency support for 15 day. Together with Diocese of Raiwind BHU is established in Rawalakot- Azad Kashmir for 3 months sponsored by Church World Service. Here I wish to thank Mission Covenant Church and Hindustani Covenant Church for their timely support, which enables us to move to the earthquake zone. A detailed report of our intervention is part of the report.

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Mr. Azher Adil joined as office secretary in September 2005 and is doing a wonderful job. It was a great joy to receive a number of International visitors who were very encouraging and supportive of our work. Our recent visit to the Hindustani Covenant Church was a great learning and rewarding experience. We attended the SMC workshop on natural disaster and HIV aids and shared our experience in the earthquake hit zone.

Shunila Ruth Executive Director

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3. Legal aid Program It is the prime objective of Talitha Kumi Welfare Center to deliver legal service at the doorsteps of the disadvantaged segments of the society particularly marginalized and oppressed poor women. The Mobile Legal Team consists of a group of legal professionals always at their feet to restrain injustices in the society. The legal system in Pakistan under the influence of Shariah Law is discriminatory towards women and religious minorities. A number of constitutional amendments such as the Law of Evidence, Hudood Ordinance, Honor Killings, and Blasphemy Law have made women and minorities vulnerable. Sadly but surely police are often corrupt and favor the fabric of our society who are economically powerful and influential. They have created a sense of fear and feeling of insecurity among the powerless. The feudal Lords and rich land owners often employ the poor and powerless as domestic servants / slaves on meager salaries, who are economically, sexually and physically exploited at their work place. Women are expected to do anything that pleases their master so much so that they are enslaved and become victims of bonded slavery. They are raped, enslaved, falsely accused and even murdered or beaten to death because they are most vulnerable as women and as minority. Talitha Kumi Welfare Center legal aid program has provided legal aid to this kind of underprivileged community and has provided assistance and counseling to many victims. The project revolves around four strategic objectives: 1)

To provide accessible quality legal aid services for the most disadvantaged segment of the society, in particular poor women and children

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To raise awareness among disadvantaged groups about their fundamental rights and the mechanisms available to them for seeking remedies in case of violation of those rights. To complement and develop strong linkages with formal and informal structures, particularly Alternate Dispute Resolution and mechanisms. To develop a model of legal aid services delivery that is sustainable, scalable and replicable

Many cases of the persons marginalized by the legal system, which have no other avenues of redress, TKWC works for all such persons and a special focus is given to women, There are 13 cases registered in year 2005. 8 cases have been resolved and remaining has been in the court. [Details of cases will be available at] We have observed that cases like kidnapping, sexual harassment and rape attempt, parents of the victims hesitate to take any legal action against the culprits, because it will tarnish the image of the girl and her family. Therefore may cases have been come to an end without any legal suit. In many cases the families have reconciled with the perpetrator which help to build peace and tolerance with the families and communities.

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Sofia Bashir

Chand, Moh.Aslam

Abduction/ Rape attempted


Shamim Alias shabana

Omer Masih

Extreme domestic



Sofia recovered by Court Bailiff Ex. party proceeding has been initiated

No legal action. compromise between parties. accuser has not been appearing before court proceeding has been intiated.

accuser has not been appearing before court

Initialy Shahzad appreared before court but disappreared after some dates

Violence Domestic violence

Nasreen John

i. Desertion ii. Suit for Restitution Of conjugal rights iii. Suite for the custody of minor


Asghar Waseem


Khurram Shahzad

case of desertion Proceeding has been intiated

Lazar Masih

Property dispute

Dispute settle down

Mumtaz Bibi

5 Pareen Bibi




Anna Gull

Dr. Shabana

Rafiqa Gull


Violence Yaqoob Gull

Domestic Violence

Reconciliation after counseling Dispute settled


Dr. Rafique

Domestic Violence

Case of Divorce Decreed in favor of Dr. Shabana


Ittefaq Hospital

Labor Rights


Hospital has paid full benefit

Swan Lal Din Shamim Bibi



Maria Saleem Hina Sabir


Matter Settled down Counseling/ guidance by TKWC. Living happily and have a baby boy.

Severely abused Saleem s/o Alla Rakha

Domestic Violence

Matter Settled down

counseling by TKWC

A Landlord


Girl has been Recovered

NO legal proceeding

FIR lodged by Court

Order obtained from court in favor of victim to lodge FIR against abductor

Harassment 12

Billu Masih

i.Domestic violence/

Jamiat Ali

ii.Abduction/apprehen -sion of death. Kidnapping

Zeenat Bibi



Order Girl recovered

No action has been taken

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4. Health program According to UN report Pakistan ranked 135th position in the Human Development Index in the world, it is the lowest in the south Asian region. Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Ratios are highest in the region as well. Therefore, TKWC has been deeply committed to women's health, both as a human right and as a development issue. Women face a wide range of health risks, related to nutrition, reproductive health, violence, ageing, work, and lifestyles. Unfortunately, these risks are compounded by social and economic factors related to gender inequality and discrimination. TKWC formulate a much focused strategy in health program; i.e. I. Training program in reproductive health [Midwifery Training], II. Information, education and communication, and counseling through seminar and workshops on women health issues III. Medical camp IV. Clinic



In our country maternal mortality rate is high due to the scarcity of basic health facilities like pre and postnatal care and availability of professional in this field. TKWC by taking this consideration started Midwifery Training program in collaboration with Government Lady Wellington Hospital. Now our trained midwives not only serving women reproductive health issue but are also economically empowered, this is another objective of TKWC. Almost all students have got job, those who

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completed the training, have been well placed; which is a step forward towards sustainable development Our 8 trained midwives are serving in earthquake affected area of Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir and Abottabad. TKWC appreciate their professional commitment which geared them up to serve far away from home in harsh weather of the Himalayas. Mostly students belong to low income families, therefore, TKWC also help girls to get better jobs. This is the most successful program of TKWC.



2002 2003 2004

Batch No. Batch 1 Batch 2 Batch 3

No. of Student 23

27 23

Batch 4


Batch 5 Batch 6


24 28


Completed Completed Completed in progress

28 153


As part of its service delivery component, TKWC sets up free medical camps to reach out to the people where it does not offer permanent facilities. The health care administered at these camps includes medical checkups, provision of free medicine as well as health

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promotion with special focus on women reproductive health. TKWC medical team identifies locations where a majority of people does not have access to quality health care. Twice a month medical camps are organized in our target areas i.e.

Venue Chak Bhaat Nawaz Sharif Colony Kashmiri Mohala Asif Town Khaliq Nagar

Average Patient/camp 48 35 42 35 74

Khaliq Nagar is one of the areas where we have had most patients and they have given a request for opening a clinic in that area on permanent basis. It is under consideration.

TKWC medical team at free medical camp

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III. TKWC CLINIC TKWC has a Clinic fully operational from Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 1:00pm, 4:00 – 8:00pm. Approximately 60 – 70 patients are attended at the clinic weekly.

Midwifery student checking the patients at TKWC’s Clinic

Clinic Staff

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5. Skill Development Program Empowerment is variously defined as control over resources, decisionmaking, and eventually control over one's life. There are multiple contexts to women's economic empowerment in Pakistan. The existence of structural discrimination against women at the legal, cultural and economic policy levels tend to either push them back or they face increased structural violence in their lives. TKWC strongly believe that empowering the disadvantaged groups (women) of the society to get better standard of living and build economically, socially and politically empowered women, will be the true achievement of our objective. Therefore, TKWC from the last three years has successfully introduced different skill development programmes i.e; 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Garments stitching Embroidery Fabric dying Cold Cream making Candle making Pickle making Jam and chitney making

These programmes particularly formulate for poor and illiterate women who don’t have any skill. Skills like sewing and embroidery has truly revolutionized the lives of many girls. Now they are more confident and independent because they are not only earning for themselves but for their families.

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6. Awareness Program There is a saying, “The world is not a problem; the problem is your unawareness�. It is very true if we discuss our society where problems like gender discrimination, domestic violence, sexual harassments, bonded labor, illegal abduction rise up due to ignorance and unawareness of victims. Recognizing the need to educate the society about their fundamental rights and how to pursue rights TKWC has launched a mass awareness campaign. A detailed strategy has formulated every year for the campaign to make its impact on grass root level. We have arranged seminars, community meetings, workshops, conferences at different localities. We have observed International days with other organizations. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Gender discrimination issues Violence against women Human rights HIV/AIDS Fundamental rights /Laws Reproductive Health

Group discussions at a Seminar

Awareness through films

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Seminars and Workshops No Date 1 2

3 4


11-030-05 13-05-05 03-06-05 08-03-05


Resource person

Violence against women

Nomia Daniel

Violence against women

Miss. Sana /Mr. Shahzad Catherine Alexander

Reproductive Health International Women’s Day

Ms. Shunila Ruth

International Candle Light Memorial

Mrs. Joyice pervaiz

Gender equality

Mr. Kashif Nawab

Family Planning

Catherine Alexander

Reproductive Health/Menstruation

Catherine Alexander

Violence against Women

Mr. James Rehmat

Fundamental Rights

Mr. Haroon Suleman(advocate)

Sexual Violence/harassment

Catherine Alexander


Catherine Alexander

World Alzheimer’s Day

Dr. Yasmin Rashid

Women Rights

Nomia Daniel

15-05-05 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14

22-07-05 29-07-05 10-08-05 11-08-05 22-08-05 24-08-05 12-09-05 21-09-05 11-12-05

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7. Staff Capacity Building Capacity building refers to activities that improve an organization’s ability to achieve its mission or a person’s ability to define and realize his/her goals or to do his/her job more effectively. Therefore, taking into consideration we evaluate our weaknesses and strengthen our staff to make our programs more effective. From time to time with the collaboration of other organization TKWC‘s Staff have enhance their skills.

I. Web Developing One month training was arranged for Asher Wilson to learn how to update the website. This training was a beneficial step for updating the website as lots of money was spent on outside website designers for keeping the website up-to-date. Now our own staff has the capability of updating the website which will help in saving some cost.

II. Embroidery Training Nabeela and Yasmin (Our Sewing and Embroidery teachers) were sent to 3 days training on “Taar Kashi” (Embroidery) organized by Women Desk – Raiwind Diocese. They said that the training has been quite beneficial for them. Now they are utilizing their skills developed through the training among their students at TKWC Sewing Classes.

III. Training on Gender’s Basic Concepts Two staff members of TKWC namely Kashif Nawab and Asher Wilson attended a 3 days Training Program on Gender’s Basic Concepts. It was an excellent opportunity for them to learn new things and share their experiences with other participants who came from different NGOs. A network was buildup and was named “Gender Network”.

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IV. Leadership Skills Development Two staff members namely Haroon Suleman and Joyce Bhatti to attend the Leadership Skills Development training organized by Women Synodical/Church of Pakistan in June. Following issues were discussed: Theological Education from Gender Perspective i. Definition of Theology ii. Theology and woman iii. Reinterpretation of Scripture Violence against Women i. History ii. Present situation iii. Kinds of violence iv. How to Overcoming violence v. Legal Perspective Gender Justice i. Definition ii. Church role Leadership Skills iv. Understanding people v. Organizing / Mobilizing people vi. Communications. vii. Report / Agenda writing viii. Conducting meetings

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8. External Evaluation Months of April and May were spent in visiting communities along with the evaluation team from Skill Development Council (A joint project of the National Training bureau Government of Pakistan, World Bank, I.L.O. & EFP).

Pictures collage of meetings during evaluation

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9. TKWC’s visitors TKWC was privileged to welcome visitor from different organizations during the year. Visitors have called on to survivor and other recipients of TKWC services. Date




Ms. Helena Lind


Rev. Ulf Sanden

Church of Sweden (Pakistan Committee)


Ms. Kerstin Phi

Church of Sweden (Pakistan Committee)


Mr. Paul Jeffery


Ms. Aruna Gnanadason


Andris Salter


Rev. Patricia sheerathanBisnauth


Ms.Corazon Tabing-Reyes


Rev. Bengt Ingvarsson

Church of Sweden (Pakistan Committee)

General Board of Global Ministries [Photojournalist]

World council of Churches

General Board of Global Ministries

World Alliance of Reformed Churches Christian Conference of Asia Mission Covenant Church Sweden

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10. Future Vision I. TKWC – MICRO CREDIT SCHEME Economic activities have direct impact on the life of every individual in the world. One of the UN Millennium Development Goals is to reduce poverty and hunger world-wide. To achieve this, good economic activities need to be boosted to raise income and reduce poverty. In Pakistan the majority of people are living below the poverty line in the rural and slum areas. As a result of the social setup within the society the women are not allowed to work and are forced to stay back at home. Time has come that this attitude needs to be changed. Measures to be taken helping the deprived women folk to break the bondage and work shoulder to shoulder with men, thus playing their positive role in raising the income level. The Micro Credit Scheme by Talitha Kumi Welfare Centre will put the people of the community on the road to development and prosperity. The TKWC’s - Micro Credit project is mainly an income generating activity focused on the people living under the poverty line. TKWC – Micro Credit Scheme is a cash flow mechanism within the community where the general capital lending will be to the tune of two million rupees, stretched over a period of five years benefiting more than 400 families per year through which an amount of Rs.5000/- will be made available to each member of a group of five women to undertake any economic activity / business to generate income The TKWC – Micro Credit Scheme has been designed to: • Make fair credit facility available for human development especially empowerment of women folk. • Extend the Micro Credit facilities to the needy, who do not otherwise have

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access to credit from any source. • Facilitate sharing of resources within the target groups for strengthening understanding, solidarity with a step forward to self-reliance and bypass dependency. The TKWC - Micro Credit Scheme will be managed under specific rules and regulations.

II. TKWC- SHELTER HOME TKWC has been working with the women victims of extreme violence. It has been observed that women have to leave their homes due to domestic violence, they didn’t find shelter, they need a safe and secure place. It is our vision to provide safe and secure place for these women, thus it is vital to have a shelter home as temporary aboard.

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11. Director’s Visit to India In December 2005 Hindustani Covenant Church invited Shunila Ruth (Executive Director) and Zeeshan Rufin (admn officer) to attend Swedish Mission Council’s workshop on HIV/AIDS and natural disaster. Besides this workshop she also visited and saw the development work of Hindustani Covenant Church at Pune, Solapur and Gulbraga.

Executive Director is visiting HCC clinic

Presentation on Natural disasters

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12. Project Restoration A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan and the northern part of India on 8 October 2005 destroying villages and killing thousands of people on both sides of the border. It is estimated that about 75,000 people have been killed and 100,000 or more are injured uptill November 28. Among the injured are many who had to undergo amputations because their injuries had become gangrenous, as they remained untreated for weeks. The damage is colossal and unsurmountable, it is not bad that, it is estimated that 10 to 20 per cent of the three million victims have not yet been accessed because of the remotenessof their villages,the impassability of roads, and the acute shortage of air lift capabiltiy. Entir villages have been wiped out or buried under landslides. Talitha Kumi Welfare Center(TKWC) and Diocese of Raiwind,Church of Pakistan with the assisstance of Church World Service(CWS), join hands together to facilitate victims at this hour of great calamity.

I. Medical Relief Camp Garhi Habib Ullah and Balakot 28th October to 5th November 2005

TKWC and Diocese of Raiwind jointly set up a Medical Relief Camp at severely damaged area of Garhi Habib Ullah and Balakot. As emergency relief we sent a medical team of volunteers including; 2 doctors, 3 Nurses, 6 midwives and a Physiotherapist. The team divided into two group, one group work with Kunhar Christian Hospital and mobile group. Mobile Team at Shotal village ______________________________________________________________________________ 23

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Mobile group traveled through village to village i.e Garhi Habib Ullah and SHOTAL, ASAD TUHIDABAD and SHAHWAL, BADAN (20-22 Km far from Garhi Habib Ullah). Mobile team examined and treated 459 patiens in first three days, mostly children and women who are the most sufferers. The team at Kunhar Christian Hospital worked day and night with hospital staff and provides medical supplies shortage to the hospital.

II. Basic Health Unit The team from TKWC surveyed Rawalakot district to choose a right location for setting up Basic Health Unit. Rarban, a village of Rawalakot district has been selected proposed by Government of Azad Kashmir.

Target Area Rarban(village),Rawalkot(district),Azad Kashmir. Rarban is village 15km ahead from Rawalkot.

Area Obeservation Total population of the district: 455,000. The district is divided into three tehsils(sub districts); a) Rawalakot, Hajira and abbaspur • 20% of building in Rawalakot town and 40-50% structures in rural areas of the district have been damaged and the destruction in rural areas is around 60-70%. • Estimated number of deaths in Rawalakot is 4500-5000, and more than 30000 injured.District Health Officer office has been distoryed

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• Main hospital at Rawalkot are destroyed. Almost all of the other health facilities have been destroyed or damamged. At Rawalakot, a few facilities have escaped damage. • Army has begun the debris clearing process in Rawalakot. However, bodies are still being recovered. Several road links have been restored, but still some forward areas remain un acccessible. • There is great need for shelter(tin sheats) and blankets particularly in the rural areas. Setting up BHU Medical team arrived at Rarban on 29th November 2005. Rarban is almost 700KM from Lahore. It took almost 12 hours to reach Rarban. The team comprises of 5 Male and 9 female. The team was headed by Mr. Rehmat Aftab (Project Manager) and Mrs. Zarina Irfan (Team Leader). Medical Team Azad Kashmir’s Minister, Sardar Yaqoob Mohammad Khan warmly welcomed the team with a thankful gesture. He assured that Government of Azad Kashmir will take full responsibility of the security and hospitality of the medical team. There are two residency locations; one is being used by males and other for females. The local inhabitants were very cooperative and showed great hospitality, as one of the families also hosted a very traditional dinner, which was great. The team was divided into two groups. One will practice in Rarban and other will visit the outskirts of Rarban. Average Patients/day 100 – 150 person The majority of the patients are children who are suffering from cold weather.

Comments of the Staff

Name: - Ester Sadique Organization: TKWC Profession: Midwife

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Comments: I am very happy to be here. It is a great experience for me to serve in such a remote area, which will be very useful for me in my professional life.

Name: Zunaira Mehboob Organization: TKWC Profession: Midwife Comments: I was so excited when I came to know that TKWC is arranging a Basic Health Unit in Azad Kashmir. It was my dream to be in Azad Kashmir. I am blessed to serve in this area. Thanks to TKWC.

Name: Dr. Ashkenaz Khan Organization: Community Uplift & Health Care (DOR) Profession: Doctor Comment: Being a doctor it is my duty to serve humanity with all my energies. I feel I am very fortunate to be here and serving humanity. I am also ready to commit myself for this noble cause in the Christmas holidays if required.

Name: Shabana Ashraf Reference: (DOR) Works in: Raj patana hospital (Hyderabad) Profession: Nurse

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Comments: I am very happy and satisfied to be apart of this team. I have taken leave from the hospital for three months to join this medical team.

IV. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S VISIT Executive Director visited Sheikh Zaid Hospital Lahore to express solidarity with the earthquake victims on Eid Day and distributed gifts among children.

With his right arm amputated, this 4-year old victim

Girl with fractured arm and leg

Does not seem to be interested in his toy car

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Issue of Concern The violence broke out in Sangla Hill, 50 miles west of Lahore, is a town in the heartland of Punjab's ethnic jigsaw, when Muslim preachers urged people to "take revenge" after a Christian allegedly burnt pages of the Quran. The mob, estimated to number between two to three thousand, struck at 10.30am on Saturday, 12 November, destroying the three churches, a convent, St. Anthony's School, a girls' hostel, a dozen houses, a dispensary and a Catholic priest's home. They burned Bibles, Christian literature, crosses and other Christian materials. Hundreds of Christians left the town as a crowd of thousands strong, wielding axes and sticks, entered in the city. The incident took place a day after Yousaf Masih, a Christian, won a gambling game with a Muslim group in the gambling place. Soon after he left, a fire broke out in the Islamic library next to the gambling place and several books caught fire including the Quran. The Muslim men who lost the gambling accused Yousaf Masih of starting the fire. The news spread and announcements were made in local mosques urging Muslims to attack Christians. Yousaf Masih was accused of desecrating the Quran and a case was registered against him under Section 295B of the blasphemy law. This was a blatant act of religious terrorism. It was organized by an Islamist extremist group who had designs of destroying the Christian community. The police stood by and ignored pleas for help, meaning that they too are culprits in this conspiracy. On 14th November 2005 the team of Talitha Kumi welfare Centre headed by Executive Director Shunila Ruth along with Church leaders including the Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Lawrence Saldanha, the

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Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, Bishop Alexander John Malik, Bishop of Raiwind, Bishop Samuel Robert Azariah, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan, Victor Azariah and the National Director of the National Commission for Justice & Peace, Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, paid a pastoral and solidarity visit to the Christian community in Sangla Hill. On a question of TKWC reported, Father Samson Dilawar, parish priest of the Roman Catholic Church replied, “that the Blessing of the Sacred Spirit, was still dressed in the cassock in which he fled when the mob knocked down the gate of the church compound” on Saturday. "I heard the mullahs had been telling people over loudspeakers, 'We are guardians of the Koran and it is our foremost duty to teach a lesson to those kafirs," he said. "Then they came to my door. He saw several thousand people streaming towards the Christian quarter. "We locked ourselves in as we feared they were coming for us," he said. Father Dilawar told to the TKWC report that he fled to the nearby convent where he hid with a group of nuns and hosted girls. "Ours was the only door that they did not try," he said. "We were under God’s special blessing. That is how our lives were saved. “His residence was doused in chemicals and set alight and destroying century-old documents. In the same compound, St Anthony's Primary School, which has 1,500 Muslim and Christian pupils, was ransacked and burnt. The same treatment was meted out to the church, convent, boarding house and medical centre. The feet were snapped off statues of Jesus, metal crucifixes were buckled and nuns' habits torched. Sister Anthony (principal of the primary school) was crying and saying that "I will try to carry on as before". "But surely the government must help us." On interviewing Rev Tajmal Pervaiz Standing outside the smoldering shell of his Union Presbyterian church, said: "Christians have been in the area for over a century. There has never been any problem. “The beams of his parsonage were open to daylight yesterday.”Religious fanatics have stirred this up," said Rev. Pervez, who has been in the area

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for 15 years. The rampage extended to three other churches on the outskirts of Sangla Hill. "We told the authorities that there was going to be trouble," said Rev. Pervez. "So they sent four policemen who did nothing to stop the crowd who torched the church, house, school & dispensary. A 1,000-strong congregation wearing black armbands knelt in the street opposite the burnt out church and Rev. Pervez said a mass "for peace and love". Conclusion: A similar incidence which took place in Shantinagar (south of Punjab) on February 6, 1997, a Christian village, was attacked by over 30,000 militant Muslims. At least 75 per cent of the village was destroyed, including 16 churches, over 300 houses and three hostels and schools. Blasphemy law is the main source and tool for creating social, sectarian and inter-religious disharmony. It is negligence on the part of the ministries responsible, who allow the misuse [of the blasphemy laws] at such a large scale, causing a huge amount of injustice. This violence demonstrates the misuse of the blasphemy law. The rights of religious minorities have been neglected for too long. The time has come for Pakistan to repeal the blasphemy laws, and work for equal rights for all religious communities. Talitha Kumi Welfare Center strongly condemns this kind of brutal and heinous crime, executed under the umbrella of Blasphemy Laws.

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Some Pictorial view of hatred

Internal view of the Roman Catholic

Ruined dispensary after attack

View of the Eucharist (Blessing of Sacred spirit)

Burnt furniture of the school

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Signatures: Date 2006-02-16


_________________________ for the Swedish Organization

_________________________ Sate who has signed in the original progress report for the partner organization. Shunila Ruth

_________________________ Signatures clarification and position Rut Linden, Project Secretary MCCS.

_________________________ Position Director TKWC

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Talitha Kumi Welfare Center H.No.24. St.No.15, Modern Colony Nazareth Road, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, Pakistan Ph. +92-42-5858824 Fax. +92-42-5858824 Email: Website:

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