The debts of 287 Pakistani families have been paid by a fundraiser organized by the Christian ministry Barnabas Fund, documents a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
“I couldn’t believe my ears. I wanted to leap with joy,” said Sadeeq Masih, one of the recipients.
He earned a living making bricks, with the help of his wife and older sons.
But they still didn’t quite earn enough to feed their family of seven.
So, the ministry reported, they sometimes had to borrow from the kiln owner, who then deducted from their wages the interest on their loan.
But that set up a cycle for not having enough money again.
“As long as they had the debt they were bonded laborers, tied to the brick-kiln, and unable to leave,” the ministry reported.
Sadeeq was more blunt: “They treated us as slaves.”