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British churches extend support to 200 victims of Peshawar church blasts


All Saints Church Peshawar

Two churches of UK extend support to the victims of the suicide blasts at the All Saints Church in Peshawar.

According to details, about 200 survivors of the suicide bombings at Peshawar’s All Saints Church receive support from a British church community. Majority of the survivors have been experiencing psychological trauma since the incident, told Reverend Alan Bain. The church bombings in 2013 had left hundreds of Christians wounded physically and mentally.

The Saint Philip and Saint James churches, in UK’s Bath, have been extending help to the surviving victims of the All Saints Church suicide bombings either by delivering medical supplies or providing psychological treatment. Shortly after the blasts occurred, the churches have been engaged in providing therapy and counselling to victimized children, women, men, young and old in Peshawar.

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While previously throughout 2015; the support project from the two British churches has extended support to about 200 victims so far. This support project has been headed by Qamar Rafiq who hails from Twerton. Qamar Rafiq who oversees the support and relief project in Pakistan while sharing his experiences with the victims said, “One couple came to me and the husband told me they had lost one of their children. His wife would get up in the middle of the night and start screaming and crying.

“The trainer told them that whatever challenges they faced in their lives, they needed to share and tell people. These techniques helped a lot and after three months, we got some positive results,” he said.

Reverend Alan Bain while remarking about the incident and the trauma it caused to the congregants said, “If you’re a child and you had your parents blown up in front of you the trauma is incredible,” said Rev Bain.

“For me it’s been a pilgrimage, in a sense, to recognize a tiny church on the edge of Bath can actually do something to alter people’s lives in a very distressing part of the world. We’ve achieved a huge amount and it’s been very moving. It’s not been without tears or emotion on our part.”