A young boy who is one of only two Christians at his school in Zanzibar has been punished by teachers and bullied by students because of his faith.
One day a group of Muslim boys locked him in an outhouse for several hours, and another day they held him down and forced him to drink urine. The Muslim boys were never punished.
This boy’s experience reflects a growing trend of persecution targeting Christian youth. All schools in Zanzibar are required to teach Arabic and Islamic studies, and students cannot graduate without passing exams in those subjects. Teachers are encouraged to discipline Christian students harshly and rebuke their beliefs.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray that this Christian boy and all Christian youth in Zanzibar will be strengthened in their faith. May they receive great encouragement from one another and from other believers.
- Pray for their protection and ask the Lord to work in the hearts of the students and teachers to bring about a change in attitude.
- Pray the church in Zanzibar will be a strong and persuasive witness for the Lord and His word.
The father of Sharoon Masih, a 17-year-old Christian student that was murdered by a Muslim classmate in August, claims that police are ignoring the anti-Christian bullying taking place at Sharoon’s school.
Following the murder, police claim they interviewed other Christian students at MC Model Boys Government School, but found no reports of anti-Christian bullying.
Sharoon’s father disputes this report by the police, claiming other Christian students are afraid to come forward.
A report by the Burewala Police Constabulary, states that the death of Sharoon Masih was not a result of the bullying he got while attending MC Model Boys Government School Burewala, but was the result of an individual clash with one other student.
Mr. Masih, talking with the BPCA, stated, “We are extremely fearful of the threat to the lives of our children as are many other Christian families. However most of them refuse to speak out not because they do not realize the problem, but because they fear for their own families and children that go to that school.”
“Speaking up about bullying and harassment in the schools in Pakistan brings about absolutely no change. Our government presents no help and in fact obstructs it by building teaching material that target minorities.”
“My younger children are frightened and are bullied in their schools. Since their brother died, they have all expressed that they do not want to go to school and I have encouraged all of those attending MC Model Boys School to an alternative school.”
“There were never many Christian students at MC Model Boys School. So few that in Sharoon’s classroom, he was the only Christian.”
“All the Christian students in the school are bullied. If any spoke to any media and said they are not being bullied it will be because of the fear they are under.”
Sources: International Christian Concern, Christians in Pakistan