Finding refuge in China, June 25

25 Jun 2014

Fleeing discrimination and violence, members of a Muslim sect have abandoned their homes in Pakistan to find an unlikely refuge in China. “Every day I heard the sound of guns,” said Saeed, 37, of his former home Lahore, Pakistan’s second city. “We prayed every day, because we felt something could happen to us at any time.” The Ahmadi refugees said they paid middlemen up to US$3,000 each for Chinese visas – more than twice the average yearly income in Pakistan. Photos: AFP