By Conor Powell | FoxNews.com
ISLAMABAD- In one of Pakistanâ€™s poorest neighborhoods Christmas lights are going up while artists paint holiday scenes on concrete walls. The decorations do little to mask the trash and sewage that litter the ground.
â€œLife is tough here,â€ complains Stefan, a 30-year old Christian from one of Islamabadâ€™s largest Christian slums.
As Christmas nears, Pakistanâ€™s roughly three million Christians are preparing for the birth of Jesus after one of their most difficult years ever.
â€œPeople are jobless. We are in trouble,â€ said Stefan who says as security has worsened in Pakistan, many NGOs have left the country â€“leaving many Pakistani Christians unemployed.
Christians, who make up roughly one percent of the Pakistanâ€™s 170 million people, have long been a poor and a marginalized community.
In recent months though life has become more difficult. As anti-Americanism has spread, Pakistani Christians have been harassed and persecuted by religious extremist who associate them with American and blame them for the US drone strikes.
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