South Asia

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.”

IJM Chennai: Government Leader Rescues a Dozen from Slavery, Says “This Makes My Work Noble”

CHENNAI, INDIA – Last week IJM helped rescue families that had been enslaved for about six years. Eleven adults and a 15-year-old boy were forced to work in the woodcutting operation; the small children were growing up in this life of slavery, with no hope of another future in sight. The families were moved from place to place, cutting thorny bushes and chopping logs into wood at each new worksite. Sometimes they also had to do construction work on the owner's house.

IJM Delhi’s First Operation Brings Rescue Despite Angry Mob, Freezing Cold, More Challenges

DELHI, INDIA – On the second day of the new year, IJM helped rescue 33 people from a life of slavery in a brick factory. Twenty-eight people, including children as young as 5, received release certificates that emancipate them from slavery.

The rescue operation was the first of the year for IJM—and it was the first ever for IJM Delhi.