A radio documentary broadcast on Saturday 1 September 2018 on Newstalk explored the issue of bonded labour among the Christian minority in Pakistan.
In the programme, radio producer, Fergal McCarthy, examines the work of Columban missionaries, Fr Tomas King and Fr Liam O’Callaghan, and their tireless efforts to free these communities from this form of modern-day slavery.
The documentary is titled ‘Bonded Labour: Pakistan’s Christian Minority’.
It provides an excellent introduction and insight into what Columban missionaries are doing in Pakistan to support communities of all faiths on the margins of society, who are caught up in bonded slavery.
Bonded slavery, often involving making bricks, has long been the only way for Christian and Hindu communities in Sindh province to find work.
The Columbans are supporting the development of education for children, so that they have the option to break free of bonded slavery and build a better future for themselves.
You can listen to the Newstalk documentary here: