We’ve got mail – letters from Kenya

GMA’s #Books4Future is picking up after the incredible efforts of GMA’s student society in Aberdeen and a generous special collection in Wellington Church in Glasgow gave the campaign a boost. Together with gratefully received individual donations and kind assistance of SPAR in Aberdeen, the fundraising currently stands at £970.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed so far!

However – £970 are a great start but we are working hard to achieve our target of £5000.

This week we received some wonderfully encouraging letters from pupils of Star of the Land Education Centre. We will share them one by one in this blog.

The letters are full of hope and ambition and are an impressive illustration of why #Books4Future is a cause worthwhile to report.

Read Aisha’s letter below and donats today via www.bit.do.books4future :

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Aisha writes:

My name is Aisha Juma. I am eight years old. I am in standard two at Star of the Land Education Centre. I like mathematics and english very much. 

I live with my Parents being the first born. I love my school very much because the environment is very nice My school has six teachers. I love my class teacher very much because she assists me in all the time when am doing my class work. 

I love my school very much but it has no library to keep books. I even borrow books from other children because I do not have them. A library would make me very happy.

(the last line has been added as it is on the backside of the letter)

 

APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Inquiry Finds UK Government Policy on Pakistani Religious Minorities Inadequate

On Wednesday, 24 February, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief launches its inquiry report on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Pakistan & UK Government Policy. The report follows a parliamentary hearing held in November 2015, attended by various NGOs, including Global Minorities Alliance. The report challenges the Home Office’s Country Information and Guidance on Pakistani Christians and Christian converts while also finding that Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus in Pakistan face a real risk of persecution, the likelihood of which depends on their encounters with and actions amongst people of other faiths or beliefs.

APPG Abridged Report - Pakistan Inquiry

The APPG inquiry’s main findings and recommendations include an urgent requirement for a new country guidance case regarding Pakistani Christians to provide sufficient and accurate guidance for Pakistani Christian asylum cases. At the very least, the APPG urges the Home Office to limit the use of the current AK and SK country guidance case in its Country Information and Guidance (CIG) report on Pakistani Christians and Christian converts to be used only for cases involving Evangelical Christians and blasphemy charges from non-State actors. In the report, the APPG urges the Home Office to acknowledge the strong evidence highlighting Pakistani authorities’ failure to protect minority religious communities from rights violations and amend its CIGs accordingly. The inquiry also highlights concerns about the possibility of internal relocation of Pakistani religious minorities, which the APPG urges the UK Home Office to recognise as unsafe and unviable.  Continue reading

The Victims of Pakistan’s Acid Attacks

Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion article by Nicholas Kristof, which highlighted the plight of thousands of women in Pakistan who become victims of the acid attacks far and wide in the country. These poor women become the victims of patriarchy, societal norms as their lives, relationships, family and above all their ‘being’ is neglected, denied, deprived and even sacrificed on the name of ‘honour’.

Being a woman in a patriarchal society is an unimaginable life. You are reduced to nothingness. You do not hold any feelings, emotions or any respect. Your existence is no longer an existence. It’s something there, open to abuse, violence and sometimes murder. A life some argue, is worse than a death.

Global Minorities Alliance urges Pakistan government to implement laws with action to help thousands of women who become victims of this barbarous acts of violence by men. There is indeed no ‘honour’ in killing.

The ‘Saving Face’ a documentary which has highlighted the plight of these women who go through excruciating pain both at familial, societal and legal level to get justice. However, not everyone get justice. The fight for rights of women go on.

To watch the documentary on the acid victims of Pakistan click here: ‘Saving Face