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We Rescued a Hindu Family from Sindh

A heartwarming scene of a family of four (father, mother, son, and daughter) from Sindh, Pakistan, standing together in a secure environment in India

In today’s world, digital connections often bridge gaps that geography and political boundaries cannot. Social media, in particular, has become a lifeline for many individuals in distress, providing a platform for their voices to be heard and their stories to be shared. About a year ago, I received a message on Instagram from a family in Sindh, Pakistan. They were Hindus living in a region where their safety was perpetually threatened, and their story highlighted the harsh realities faced by minority communities in areas plagued by social and political unrest.

This family consisted of four members: a father who ran a modest shop, a mother who managed the household, a son aspiring to be a doctor, and a young daughter who had just completed her 9th class in school. Their fears were not unfounded; the region had seen a spate of kidnappings, particularly targeting minority Hindu communities by Jihadists. They felt increasingly unsafe and sought refuge in India, where they hoped to find a more secure environment.

When they first reached out to me, I advised them to contact the Indian embassy, believing that official channels would provide the best hope for their situation. The family took my advice and began the arduous process of seeking assistance from the embassy. However, their situation took a dramatic turn for the worse in January. Menacing figures including a Maulvi began loitering around their home, creating an atmosphere of fear and anxiety.

One evening, their worst fears materialized. A group of men attempted to abduct the young Hindu daughter, resorting to violence and intimidation. In a brave act of defiance, her brother fought back, sustaining injuries but successfully protecting his sister from being taken. This harrowing incident underscored the immediate danger the family faced and prompted me to take more direct action.

Determined to help, I intensified my efforts to contact the Indian embassy and various government officials. It was a challenging process, filled with countless phone calls and meetings, all aimed at conveying the urgency and gravity of the family’s plight. After persistent advocacy, the concerned authorities agreed to expedite their visa process.

To ensure their safe passage and resettlement, we paid for their entire process—from obtaining passports to securing legal visas, and even covering their travel expenses and beyond. This comprehensive support was crucial in providing the family with a fresh start and a chance at a new life in a safer environment.

Today, the daughter is safe in India, living with relatives in Punjab. Although she carries the trauma of her ordeal, she is now in a secure environment and is continuing her education. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of her brother, which will reunite the family and mark the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

This experience has had a profound impact on me. It has reinforced my belief in the power of individual action and the importance of using one’s platform to advocate for those in need. Over the past year, we have managed to assist over 50 girls and more than 102 Hindu families in finding safety and starting anew.

The journey is far from over. With continued support and collective effort, I am hopeful that we can extend our reach and help a million more. Each family we assist is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the profound impact that compassion and perseverance can have.

Your support is invaluable in this mission. Together, we can make a difference and offer hope to those who need it most. By standing together, we can ensure that no one has to face their struggles alone, and that every call for help is answered with compassion and action. We don’t take any donations, and we don’t have any NGO. Everything we do, we self fund, and over 102 families have been rescued by us.

About the Author
Nikhil Chandwani is an author of 13 Books, TED(x) Speaker, and Founder- Writers' Rescue Centre. He was recently awarded the Rashtriya Gaurav Award in 2019 (The Indian National Award) for excellence in social entrepreneurship. His firm, Writers' Rescue Centre has given voice to over 211 individuals in India through a Gurukul System. Nikhil is also a Visiting Professor with leading Indian Universities.
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