Easter bombings: ICC succors Christian victims on low income

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Pakistani Christians affected by the terror attack carried out on Easter last year, receive financial help from the Christian advocacy and charity group International Christian Concern (ICC). The beneficiary Christian families are on low income and were struggling to make both ends meet after the tragedy struck them in 2016.

Christians in Lahore

Many of the Christians who were injured in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park blast were breadwinners and were supporting their families financially. After learning about the quandary of these families, ICC decided to lend a helping hand to them. In this regard, ICC partnered with local charity organization Human Friends Organization (HFO).

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As a result of this joint venture, ICC funded purchase of rickshaws for these five Christian men so that they may be able to make both ends meet. The auto-rickshaws were handed over to the Christian victims during a ceremony. President of Human Friends Organization, Archbishop, several local pastors and the victimized families attended this ceremony.

The ceremony started with prayer, while later on the victimized families expressed their gratitude towards ICC and HFO. They voiced their trauma and circumstances they were forced to live in after the tragic incident. One of the recipients, Zia said: “HFO and ICC helped me out of this difficult time.”

In 2016, at least 72 were killed and more than 200 injured after a suicide attack at a public park in Lahore. The explosion unfolded on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 when members of local Christian community had gathered at the Guslhan-e-Iqbal Park in order to celebrate Easter. Witnesses said the crowd included a large number of Christian families celebrating Easter.

The victims, according to preliminary reports, were mostly women and children. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, an affiliate of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack. The same outfit had also claimed responsibility for twin suicide attacks on churches in Lahore’s Youhanabad neighborhood.