Operation Mercy: Rape and death of girl, 3, inspires launch for project expansion
The tragic rape and death of a three-year-old girl has inspired a Christian charity to step up and rescue another 30 girls from slavery.
Mercy’s body was found dumped in a brick factory near Faisalabad in East Pakistan earlier this year. She had been sexually assaulted and killed.
One By One – which reaches 1,000 children per week through its outreach in Pakistan and has so far rescued 50 children from brick factory slavery and into its safe house – stepped in to support Mercy’s family following her death.
Charity founder Becky Murray announced the launch of Operation Mercy and said her team on the ground in Pakistan were identifying 30 more girls who can be brought into the safe house.
“Mercy’s story doesn’t end here,” she said.
“We were heartbroken when we heard about this little girl. Who could do something like this to a three-year-old? We stepped in and helped Mercy’s family, but then we realised that so many girls like Mercy are at risk. Just a few weeks later another girl in our outreach programme, who is just ten, was raped. Thankfully she survived but it highlighted to us that more needs to be done.
“We have launched Operation Mercy. We hope to extend our safe house, get furniture for the girls and make sure they are taken care of. The girls have never had nutritious meals, have been robbed of an education, and have never slept in a normal bed. Our safe house is run by kind, loving and phenomenal staff. They will get the very best care. We won’t quit in our desire and passion to end the giant of modern-day slavery. God’s heart is very much broken by these stories and we feel driven to take his love to more children.”
In Pakistan, families borrow money from brick factory owners in return for work. Sadly, the loan interest is so high that it can often never be paid back.
We have stories of people who borrow £100 so they can afford a simple operation. They then work for the brick factory masters but the interest on the loans increase so much that it’s impossible to pay back. £100 can turn into £5,000 and sometimes more. We have met families who have been stuck in factories for more than 20 years.
Becky is trying to raise £75,000 for Operation Mercy – this will enable the safe house to be extended to accommodate the new girls. A businessman has offered to double all donations up to the total value of £20,000 during the month of September.
“It’s amazing to see people step up. The match fund will help and every donation can be doubled. I hope others can join us and help us reach our target. It’s our dream to welcome the 30 new girls by Christmas. We know with God’s help, it can happen.”
To donate to Operation Mercy, visit www.onebyone.net