In August 2023 violence in Jaranwala, Pakistan was sparked by claims that two Christian men had torn pages from a copy of the Quran.
Thousands, in angry mobs, attacked hundreds of believer’s homes as they took shelter in factories, open fields, and other nearby villages. 21 churches were also damaged or set on fire. A woman named Sonam, fled with her three children just before the area was attacked. “We just left without dressing,” she said. “We picked up our small children and just ran.” Over 350 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and thankfully – there are no casualties. Rioters sprinkled petrol and burned household items and furniture in the streets.
VOM partners in Pakistan are actively working with the local church and Christian communities in the worst affected areas, to assist families with bedding , food, shelter and prayer. With your help , we can provide emergency relief for families as they try to rebuild their lives.