Words fail to describe the horror felt by the church in Pakistan after a young Christian couple, Shahzad and his pregnant wife Shama, were brutally burnt alive and murdered near Chak 59 Village, Kot Radha Kishan, some 60km from Lahore on 4th November 2014. Their four children were left parentless following the ordeal at the hands of a huge Islamist mob, gathered from nearby villages, whose act of killing the couple attracted attention from worldwide media. The violence was sparked because Shama burnt occult amulet writings previously owned by her husband Shahzad's deceased father – and some people wrongly thought she was burning the Koran. A mob descended on the couple's home, stripped them both naked – beat them and the wife was gang-raped before her helpless husband. A tractor was used to drag them along a rocky road before they were thrown into a 600 degree hot brick kiln and left to die. The mob nearly threw the couple's youngest child into the fire but were eventually prevented by the little conscience they had.
What goes through the minds of a helpless parent who knows they will never see their children again?
But what goes through the mind of a child who has watched their parents, their protectors burned alive?
The couple's three children: Suleman, Sonia and Poonam will be scarred for life by what happened that day. A fourth child, a boy called Zeeshan, was previously given to an uncle for adoption because they could not afford to keep him.
Please help us to help them
The BPCA has been working directly with the children and other members of their affected family, following the murders. Money from kind donors has hired a live-in nanny for the youngsters for at least the next year. Click here to see the profound effect this has had on the children who now have a maternal figure. We also support the children's current guardian, grandfather Mukhtar
Masih and the little ones themselves with essential counselling, professional and financial support until the ages of 18. With your donations we bring
much needed normality and spiritual growth to these suffering children.
If you would like to give towards the ongoing benevolent fund for these children, then please click the 'Donate' button at the top right hand corner of the site or use these bank details:
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With your support we hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan.