PAKISTAN: Sunny Gill, a talented Pakistani Photo Journalist has often been highlighted by multiple media outlets. If you have read articles pertaining to Christians in Pakistan, you most likely have seen his work.
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Since 2009 he has worked with international and national press agencies. Gill has filmed documentaries covering the horrific attack on the Christian town of Gojra in Pakistan, the 2010 and 2011 floods in Pakistan, a documentary on the necessity of education for Christians in Pakistan and helped an Italian journalist in making a documentary about persecuted Christians of Pakistan.
He is also a correspondent for UCA NEWS, including serving as a volunteer with weekly Christian Voice Newspaper which is published from Karachi Diocese Pakistan. Gill worked for Gawahi television, a Christian television channel from 2010 until 2012 as a Host/Photographer.
This gifted young, photo journalist has been a powerful activist for Pakistani Christians, standing up for those taken advantage of, assaulted and oppressed in the Christian faith. He has held positions with organizations such as the Pakistan Christian Congress (Youth leader), All Pakistan Christian League-one of the largest Christian political parties in Pakistan and NGO’S like World Vision in progress, LTN Canada, including others. Boldly, this young man has been a voice for persecuted Christians, while others have remained silent.
Due to his work, he has often been threaten. He shared with VOP,
“It’s common for journalists to receive threats in a country like Pakistan. Due to many threats, I left my city and again in 2012 had to move out of my house to relocate. I never expected that someone could become so vengeful that they would stop me and point a gun at me. I was blessed and believe prayer is what saved me from injury and spared my life. Thankfully, a police squad was coming down the road and the attackers quickly sped away on their motorcycles.”
Sunny explained to Voice of the Persecuted that this was not the first time he has escaped a threatening incident. This time he finds himself in the same hornet’s nest of the many he was called to assist in the past. On the sound advice of those in his circles, Sunny Gill has been asked to stop his protests for the faithful and go into hiding. They believe his situation at this point is dire and to continue this work may mean the loss of his life. For now he is at a safe place, but has no where else to turn and is looking for help. Though he is an accomplished photographer and cameraman, is now unable to find work and worried how he will support his wife and himself. He also fears for his family and consequences they may face.
It is devastating how a vibrant young Christian with the ability to have a future in a good career and the desire to help others, has been attacked to the point of poverty by a group with a radical agenda. They mean to silence him and to stomp out Christianity, while they treat Christians as less than human. Too many times, this is the price and heartbreaking story of the courageous who will stand up against those who would abuse the innocent and helpless. For those who can not speak for themselves and the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 31:8)
Also, many turn their backs on these strong witnesses for Christ, leaving them to fend for themselves. We have become poor examples of our early first century Christian family. They hardly went hungry, because they shared all they had with each other.
We must keep this young brother and his family in our prayers. Pray that they will stay safe under the Lord’s protection and Mr. Gill will find the help he needs for daily survival.