Over 3,000 Pakistani Christian refugees are reportedly stranded in Thailand waiting for the United Nations to help, while hundreds, including children, have been detained and are being kept in deplorable conditions.
Godfrey Yogarajah, the Executive Director of the World Evangelical Alliance’s Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post on Thursday that the stranded refugees, who have fled religious persecution in Pakistan, are in urgent need of food, shelter, and medical attention.
“Children are taken away and detained separately away from their parents even very young kids. Children are defined as under 15 by them. Right now 134 people are at the IDC and 35 in the central jail. There are right now around 8 children too detained. Those over 15 are not counted in this as they are considered adults by the authorities,” Yogarajah told CP.
“Conditions are very bad at both the IDC and the jail. Food is two bowls of soup rice a day. Water is bad. No toiletries,” he added.
Yogarajah explained that most Pakistani Christian refugees have been in Thailand for three to four years, and have been waiting for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to hear their cases and act on their applications for asylum. They face exceptionally long wait times, however, with many having to wait at least three years or more for an appointment.
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