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Mehwish Bhatti lead officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association has been meeting victims of the Monday afternoon bomb attack on Ferozepur Road
in Lahore (click here).
During her many visits she has been sharing condolences with families of those who have been killed and injured from amongst the Christian victims.
She will be visiting Muslim victims in hospital from today and will be providing counselling and prayers for any who wish to receive it.
Saul Samuel (RIP)
The first family Mehwish met was the family of Saul Samuel (11 yrs). Saul was in the vegetable market area at, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore waiting for a rickshaw. Saul was going to travel to his father Samuel Masih at Liberty Market where they sell small toys and drinks every day. He dedicated a few hours after school every day so that he could help his father earn money to support the family.
When the incendiary device exploded at 3.30pm on Monday 24th July 201, Saul was amongst those nearest to the blast and is believed to have died instantly from the force of explosion. His family only realised he was killed after the young boy so close to his teens, failed to arrive at work. After hearing about the explosion family members rushed to the scene of the bomb attack and found young Sam dead.
Saul was a regular church attendee at Full Gospel Assembly Church in Bahar Colony, Lahore. His father tells us that in recent months he was developing a great passion for scripture and even expressed a desire to be baptised. His parents told us they gained some solace that Saul will be baptized before God himself.
Mehwish, has met the family and has been providing biblically-based trauma counseling. The family are extremely traumatised and Mehwish has agreed to meet regularly with the family whilst in Lahore this month.
Sam was one of six siblings and the only one of them dedicated to supporting his family through employment which he did of his own volition. His father says he earned the family a minimum of £100 per month because of his strong work ethic. The family are extremely poor and will find it hard to cope without the extra income of Sam and we would like to raise £600 for his family to support them for six months as they try to get their lives back on track after this devastating loss. Any donors wishing to contribute to any of these victims and their families, can donate by clicking (here)
Sam's Mother Nargis (54 yrs), said:
"My heart aches for Sam, he sacrificed so much to support our family despite being so young. He displayed great love and selflessness that none of us deserved, now I can never repay him. He will always be remembered by all of us he was such a caring child he deserved so much more. I don't think I will ever stop crying he is such a great loss.
"The cruel men that have taken my son will be judged by God for their evil crime. They have taken so many lives because they believe a lie. While they will burn in hell my son will now share a place in heaven with his Father and Creator one day I will reunite with him."
Mehwish also visited Daniel John aka Jugnoo ((35 years) a rickshaw driver who had just dropped off a passenger as he passed by the vegetable market on Ferozepur Road, when the explosion occurred.
Daniel John was thrown to the floor with his rickshaw by the force of the explosion. He was immediately rendered unconscious and woke up in the midst of the huge rescue effort hours later. Daniel sustained severe skin damage on his left arm, back and left leg due to being thrown on extremely rough terrain mixed with shattered glass. He has been asked by doctors to take two weeks off work. He is also exhibiting signs of severe trauma and Mehwish has been providing some counselling and will be repeating visits to the family.
Daniel has requested help in raising funds for the two weeks he is expecting to be of work and for the repair of his rickshaw windscreen and tyres which were damaged in the blast. The total cost of this will be around £400.Any donors wishing to contribute to any of these victims and their families, can donate by clicking (here)
Daniel who is a regular member of Saint Peter's Church in Bahar Colony, described his experience of the explosion, he said:
"I heard a loud bang suddenly everything went black. I must have woken up about an hour later and was surrounded by people in a panic. I knew this as all I could hear was screaming and shouting and people moaning from the pain they were suffering.
"Two paramedics helped me into an ambulance and gave me some water to drink as I was thirsty. Within a short space of time we reached Hameed Latif Hospital and I was injected with morphine for pain relief and a glucose drip was feeding me with energy."
"Whilst recovering in hospital I realised how fortunate I had been, if I travelled just 20m further I would be dead now. I believe God has a purpose for my life and hope I can fulfill it - I do not deserve His grace. So many innocent people were killed all I can remember is their dead bodies and the screaming of those who survived. I have been praying for all the survivors and the families who have lost loved ones may God give them all peace. I understand their pain."
Images of Ilyas Masih Funeral:
Image of Saul and family before bomb attack:
Images of Saul's funeral: