Project Moses Colorado is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to aid, assist, advocate for, and, when possible to protect, persecuted and/or threatened Christian minorities in nations such as Pakistan. Recently we were able to help an extended Pakistani Christian family of 17 receive asylum and resettlement in Canada. In 2013 the family had fled Pakistan for Bangkok, Thailand because, in a modern Romeo and Juliet story, the youngest brother had fallen in love with, married and converted to Christianity a young Muslim woman from a militant Islamic family. While between 500 and 1000 young Christian women are kidnapped, forced to marry their kidnapper and converted to Islam annually, Muslim women who marry or even just associate with Christian or Hindu men etc., are subject to honor killings. And of course the family of the young Christian man would also be subject to a death fatwa.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of Pakistani Christians in Bangkok, in part because Thailand is one of the few places they can go to on a tourist visa and in part because there is a United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) office in Bangkok. Unfortunately, because Christian refugees are the lowest priority for UNHCR, it usually takes over five years for Pakistani Christians to even get a decision on their asylum application, which is very often denied. Because the UNHCR works so slowly where Christians are concerned, Pakistani Christians are forced to either overstay their tourist visa or risk their lives by returning to Pakistan. As they are also forbidden to work in Thailand, and subject to visa overstay round-ups with exorbitant fines and/or imprisonment, life for Pakistani Christians in exile in Bangkok is miserable.
Currently we are helping Pakistani Christians in hiding in Pakistan because a relative was accused of violating Pakistan's heinous blasphemy law, and young Christian women starting a home sewing business to keep them safer from being kidnapped, forcibly married to their kidnapper and forcibly converted to Islam by Muslim men. It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 young Pakistani Christian women are kidnapped annually.
We are also helping a Pakistani Christian family of four that is in dire straits in Thailand. Fleeing to Thailand because of a death fatwa against the family, the father was arrested by Thai Immigration police when he tried to work to support his family. The remaining family, his wife and two children are afraid to leave their apartment for fear of also being arrested. As such they are totally dependent on help to buy food, medicine and pay rent.
God Bless and Many Thanks
Richard Roy Blake
President, Project Moses Colorado