Open Doors USA has launched a campaign to obtain help for a
Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
Rimsha Masih, who is 11 to 14 years old and mentally challenged,
was accused of blasphemy and jailed for three weeks until an imam
was arrested for allegedly planting evidence to make authorities
think she had desecrated the Koran. Authorities flew her to a
secret location for her own protection and there is hope she will
be reunited with her family, but the blasphemy charges remain on
Open Doors USA
spokesman Jerry Dykstra tells OneNewsNow Americans are being
challenged to help.
"What we want to do, and Open Doors has started doing this, is
we want to send a letter to the Pakistani ambassador to the United
States, and we're asking Pakistan to protect Rimsha and insure
justice for her and for her family," he explains.
Plus Rimsha and her family are likely never to be able to return
home and will have to relocate. Dykstra urges people to go to the
Open Doors website and send e-mail to the
"And we need to word it nicely, and we need to just make them
understand that this is not acceptable in the world we live in
today," he says.
In addition, a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is in prison under
the death penalty on charges of blasphemy, although the sentence is
Even though a Christian is no longer under the death penalty in
Iran, one group is maintaining focus on other persecuted Christians
in the country.