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Minorities in Pakistan claim they were refused aid due to their religious identities


On Sunday, March 29, claims of a charity in Pakistan refusing to serve food aid to Christians and Hindus went viral on social media. The story brought into sharp focus the discrimination minorities in Pakistan often face due to their religious identities in the midst of crisis.


News of the discriminatory incident went viral on Facebook after several families posted videos testifying about what happened. According to those testimonies, Christian and Hindu families were refused food aid by Saylani Welfare International Trust staffers who were distributing aid in Karachi in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

According to reports, Pakistan’s first COVID-19 case was detected in late February when a man in Karachi was tested positive for the virus. This man had recently returned to Pakistan from Iran, a country hit hard by COVID-19.

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