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Children of Christian Couple Burned to Death in Pakistan 1 Year Ago Are 'Happy and Safe'

NGO caring for children of Shama and Shahzad Masih, seeking justice

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It was alreaday a year ago that a Christian couple and their unborn baby was burned alive in Pakistan by a group of Muslim extremists that accused them of blasphemy.

On Nov. 4, 2014, Shama and Shahzad Masih and their child were burned to death in a brick kiln in Punjab province.

Today, according to the Fides news agency, their older children are being cared for by the Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation, an NGO which promotes projects for the most marginalized groups in Pakistan.

The president of the foundation, Michelle Chaudhry, told Fides: «Shama and Shahzad are in our hearts; two innocent lives lost due to extreme bigotry in our society. The fanatics not only burned two precious lives in the furnace; they burned humanity, they burned the principles of Islam, and burned Jinnah’s Pakistan and no monetary compensation can make up for such an extreme act of violence.»

The Foundation calls for justice for Shama and Shehzad, expressing the hope that the perpetrators of the murder are brought to justice.

The Cecil Chaudhry & Iris Foundation has taken on the responsibility to ensure education to the three older children of the couple: «We wanted to bring a change for the better in the lives of these children. Today it gives us great pleasure to see these children happy, safe and engaged in school activities.»

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