Pop-Up Play in India Raises Awareness About Slavery to Tens of Thousands

CHENNAI, INDIA – The beat of the parai drum fills the  humid air in a small South Indian village. The sun is setting, and a crowd of curious people gathers to watch a lively play.  

One of the actors named Upendra cowers as another performer approaches him with a raised stick, poised to strike. Upendra is playing the role of a man trapped in a brick factory as a forced labor slave. The audience is captivated by the compelling performance, and many breathe audible sighs of relief when, finally, the family is set free.    

IJM Delhi: 179 Rescued from Oppressive Brick Factory in India

DELHI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.

Although it was the first time IJM had ever worked in this particular region, the government authorities leading the operation responded quickly and ensured each slave’s story was properly recorded and criminal charges were filed against the brick factory owner.

One slave reflected on his rescue: “Today I believe God is alive, in different shapes and in different people.”