UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News


Archbishop urges help for Pakistan attack victims

Victims of church bombing are struggling to heal due to a lack of medical facilities in state-run hospitals

ucanews.com reporter, Karachi

ucanews.com reporter, Karachi

Updated: January 24, 2018 10:05 AM GMT
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Archbishop urges help for Pakistan attack victims

Anglican Bishop Sadiq Daniel of Karachi-Balochistan Diocese visits a woman injured in the Quetta church attack. (Photo by Ayyaz Gulzar)

Share this article :
A second collection was taken at St. Patrick's Cathedral and many Catholic churches in Karachi to raise funds to help the victims of a deadly terrorist attack on Bethel Methodist Memorial Church.

At least nine people were killed and 57 wounded when two bombers stormed the packed Christian church in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta on Dec. 17 last year.

An Islamic State affiliate group claimed responsibility for the carnage.

In a letter written to Catholic priests, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi urged the faithful not to forget the attack victims and to contribute generously to support them at this difficult time.  

"The loss is beyond our imagination. Looking at the number of deaths and injured and the damage to the church's property, it is difficult to compensate, especially those who lost their loved ones," the archbishop said.

He has already sent 300,000 Pakistani rupees (US$3,000) to the church with a hope that "this little contribution will be helpful for the people in need."

"I came to know that many of the injured are still in trouble and in pain due to the lack of facilities in state-run hospitals. It is saddening and I know it is expensive to get treatment on your own in private hospitals," Archbishop Coutts said.

Pastor Simon Bashir, who is in charge of Bethel Methodist Memorial Church, said it was still looking for help from the government.

"We are going through a tough time. The injured people are in much trouble and many have been moved to other private hospitals in Quetta, Karachi and Multan for better treatment," he said.

"One of our choir members is still under treatment after her intestines were damaged. The bags they are using to help her digestion cost around 1,500 rupees and have to be changed daily. Another choir member's daily expenses are 4,000 rupees due to a leg fracture."

Support UCA News...

UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.

UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.

Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.

As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.

UCAN Donate
UCA Newsletter
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution