Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

  
March 12 2013 | LAHORE, PAKISTAN

Sant'Egidio helps the victims of the assault at Joseph Colony, a Christian village in Pakistan

 
printable version

Hundreds of houses in a poor Christian neighborhood on the outskirts of Lahore were set on fire by a large and violent crowd.Unfortunately, it’s not the first time that such incidents occur in Pakistan: eight people were killed in a similar incendiary attack against a Christian neighborhood in Gojra, in August 2009. 

The charge of “blasphemy” is often raised as an excuse, which in fact is used to conceal personal grievances or economic interests involving lands, homes and businesses of the Christian minority; Pakistani Christians are particularly poor, helpless and exposed. Many residents of the colony - a Christian area nearby Lahore – work as domestic workers or farm laborers. They were alerted of what was going to happen just in time to flee from the flames. 


Many were frightened and ran away barefoot, just trying to save their numerous children. One of the houses destroyed in the fire has just been completed the day before, in order to accommodate a young bride who was preparing her marriage. Her family was building it with patience, saving pocket money: all her belongings are now reduced to ashes, including the new  fridge -which is essential in the heat of Lahore-, bought with a lot of efforts and sacrifices. "We ran outdoors barefoot, as we couldn’t carry anything of what we had at home" 

 A woman cries speaking with the coordinator of the Community of Sant'Egidio. She is visiting the area together with a group of the Community in order to bring food, potable water and solidarity. 

 

The scenario in front of their eyes is dramatic. "There is smoke and ash everywhere - she continues to tell in her report - you can’t imagine how pitiful is their situation. They basically need everything".

  

  The youth of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Lahore immediately decided to travel across the city when they heard the sad news, in order to bring material relief and sympathy to the Christians living in that area. They met hungry and terrified children, disappointed teenagers and elderly women who sat dumbstruck in the rubble of their homes.

 

 They distributed food supplies and safe drinking water, as they spent time to listen to their pain and their anguish because people lost everything, weren’t totally undefended and thus became unwitting targets of a dreadful violence. 

The group of Sant’Egidio could meet many of the victims, and they kept on encouraging everyone: "We are with you, your life is dear to us, you are like our brothers and sisters; we won’t leave you alone, many people are praying for you all over the world". These aren’t just talks.

 

 

 

ASSOCIATED OBJECTS
PHOTOS

231 visits

128 visits

147 visits

164 visits

175 visits

191 visits

220 visits
 

 ALSO READ
• NEWS
April 6 2016
LAHORE, PAKISTAN

Pakistan: Sant'Egidio prays for peace with the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Lahore

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
March 29 2016
ROME, ITALY

Prayer for the victims of the terrorist attack in Lahore and for peace in Pakistan

IT | EN | DE | PT | ID
March 5 2016
ROME, ITALY

A Christian who opened his Bible every day: Shahbaz Bhatti in the memory of the Archbishop of Karachi

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | RU
February 12 2016
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Community of Sant’Egidio takes part in the GPH-MILF peace panels meeting in Kuala Lumpur

IT | EN | ES | PT | CA
November 23 2015
PAKISTAN

Visit of Andrea Riccardi in Pakistan - Photogallery

EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL | RU | ID | PL | HU | ZH | SQ | UK
November 18 2015
LAHORE, PAKISTAN

Be places of friendship and peace close to the crosses of the poor: Andrea Riccardi visits the Community in Pakistan

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL | RU
all news
• PRESS
July 4 2016
Tagespost

Europa ohne Mauern bauen

May 19 2016
Famiglia Cristiana

Il Trump filippino spaventa il mondo

April 7 2016
Famiglia Cristiana

Ora tocca all'Islam estirpare la violenza

April 3 2016
La tribuna di Treviso

Messa per i morti di Bruxelles e di Lahore

April 2 2016
il Cittadino

Pakistan: Marazziti (Des-Cd), salvare Asia Bibi senza se e senza ma

March 30 2016
Avvenire

Sant'Egidio. In preghiera per le vittime: «La bontà disturba»

all press releases
• EVENTI
April 23 2016 | FLORENCE, ITALY

Veglia a Firenze per le vittime dell'attentato di Pasqua in Pakistan

All meetings of prayer for peace
• NO DEATH PENALTY
October 26 2014

Sant'Egidio with the Pope for the commitment against the death penalty

October 25 2014
MANILA, PHILIPPINES

NO JUSTICE WITHOUT LIFE: Asia for life

October 10 2014
MANILA, PHILIPPINES

1st Asia Pacific Dialogue on human rights and respect for human dignity International Conference: No justice without life

go to no death penalty
• DOCUMENTS

Christians in the middle east: What Future ?

all documents
• BOOKS

Das Wort Gottes jeden Tag 2014/2015





Echter Verlag

Das Wort Gottes jeden Tag 2013/2014





Echter Verlag
all books

PHOTOS

152 visits
all the related media

Per Natale, regala il Natale! Aiutaci a preparare un vero pranzo in famiglia per i nostri amici più poveri