Over 120 families were displaced March 9 when an angry mob went on a rampage through Joseph Colony in Lahore, Pakistan, torching homes, churches, and businesses operated by Christians. Sparking the riots was an argument between two friends, one Muslim, the other Christian, in which the Christian allegedly made derogatory remarks about the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The Christian man was arrested and charged with blasphemy, a crime which is punishable by death in Pakistan. Enraged Muslims heard about the incident and some 3,000 protestors laid siege to Joseph Colony, a nominal Christian community where the accused man lived. Most residents fled before the mob arrived to raid and burn all Christian-owned buildings in the neighborhood.
A local church-planting ministry received funds from Christian Aid donors to provide food packages and drinking water to victims of the Joseph Colony fires.
- For Pakistan's government to provide equal protection and rights for all of its citizens
- That believers in Joseph Colony will rebuild their community and graciously respond with forgiveness, not hate, toward those seeking to hurt them.