In Pakistan, government-run schools are a harsh environment for Christians
by Tabassum Yousaf.
NOMAN is a young Catholic living in Karachi, Pakistan. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need he talks about the discrimination and mistreatment he experienced at school because of his Christian faith. Here is Noman’s story:
“I am a first-year student of business. My hobbies include cricket and soccer. I am a Christian.
No one in my family has been kidnapped or victimized by violence, but I have faced discrimination from classmates and teachers because of my religion.
Image: Noman a young Catholic living in Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.
“When I reported a Muslim classmate for cheating, the teacher said: ‘He doesn’t cheat. You did it.’ The classmate called me ‘bhangie’, which means ‘street sweeper’ or ‘gutter cleaner’; he made fun of me and used words that were disrespectful of my faith. But I could not respond in kind. If I had done so, I could’ve been charged with blasphemy, and my family would have suffered. So I stayed silent.