Zia recounts “When I went outside there were dead bodies everywhere. Bodies. Body parts. Children. Women. Blood. A quarter of my congregation… gone. Some whole families… gone.” Believed to be the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan ever, 122 people were killed, twice that number injured and 80 are severely disabled having survived the attack.
The attack last September caused outrage across the country. The Government called for three days of mourning. People in Peshawar rushed to help. The Catholic church took survivors into their compound for safety. Muslims came to comfort their Christian neighbours and help dig graves for the dead.
Zia is the World In Need representative in northern Pakistan and following his very moving interview, some have enquired as to how we can help and what we can do. Some suggestions:
- Pray for the injured, the bereaved, and the traumatised; for the Christian community in Pakistan, for their safety, for strength to carry on.
- Send donations to those who were widowed and orphaned by this attack. World In Need will ensure gifts reach the people who need them.
- Sponsor a child or family in need of education, food or shelter through the World In Need office.
For more information please speak to Alan Carter. Or contact the World in Need office in Crowborough 01892 669875. Or see the website www.worldinneed.co.uk.
Zia returned to Peshawar on Monday and was very grateful for sharing in our Cornerstone service last Sunday.