Image: Families receiving essential aid from ACN's project partner Caritas Pakistan Faisalabad
A progress report on emergency aid dispatched at the height of the lockdown in Pakistan shows how it has provided a lifeline for more than 2,000 Christians threatened with starvation.

More than 500 families across Faisalabad in the Punjab province received food rations as part of a COVID-19 relief package from Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians. 

Amid reports that some local NGOs were refusing to give emergency provisions to non-Muslims, ACN’s project partners on the ground have distributed more than 70 percent of the aid to Christians, whose access to employment is mostly restricted to low-paid jobs.

Aneel Mushtaq, Executive Secretary Caritas Pakistan Faisalabad, which has partnered ACN in the project, told the charity: “This aid that you at ACN has given has helped save the people from starvation. 
“Many of them had nothing to put on the table to feed their families and they were in a very scary situation.”
Faisalabad was one of three dioceses across Pakistan to benefit from a programme of ACN COVID aid helping more than 5,000 of the poorest families across the country.

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