A recent report explains that the refugees who had converted to Christianity are now facing threats from Afghan refugees. There have been increased reported incidents of Christian converts facing persecution they face at the hands of Muslims who are targeting converts.
A group of Christians converts living in the refugee camps in Europe told a Christian persecution watchdog that they “fled from the Islamic Republic of Iran because they have been accused of being Christians and, therefore, have repeatedly been threatened by torture, imprisonment and the death penalty.” They were quoted as saying: “Here, where we have been accommodated presently, we are exposed to the same kinds of threats as before, this time at the hand of Afghan Muslims, and we fear for our lives.”
“The Afghan refugees, call us Iranian Christians ‘apostates’ and ‘infidels’ because of our decision to leave Islam and consider the shedding of our blood as legitimate or even necessary.” There are reports of the Kurdish church leaders being threatened and warned to leave the refugee group. The Kurdish pastor who had converted said that he was forced to leave Kurdistan because he received threats from local rebels and the local police.
“In the mosque the imams talked about me, and my father, and my little brother, who became a Christian too. … The imam talked about us — ‘they are kafir [unbelievers], they have to die,’ from the stage, into the mosque microphone. My father [a Muslim] was filled with shame,” he stated.
Persecution watchdog groups, such as Open Doors, have been pointing put at the treatment of Christian converts in the refugee camps in Europe. Open Doors in a study found that in October at least 743 Christians were attacked by fellow refugees in Germany.
Open Doors stated: “The documented cases confirm that the situation of Christian refugees in German refugee shelters is still unbearable. As a minority they are discriminated against, beaten up by and receive death threats from Muslim refugees and partly by the Muslim staff (securities, interpreters, volunteers) on grounds of their religion.”
The report further revealed that the reported cases of faith based persecution are the known persecution cases only the “tip of the iceberg,” as there are many cases that are not being reported. “We believe that the trivialization, concealment or misuse of this injustice, be it for political or other motives, will give encouragement to the perpetrators and increase the suffering of the victims,” the report said.
The reports also urged the authorities to take efficacious steps to protect the Christian converts and Christian refugees and other minorities. In this regard, church leaders have already warned that special measures must be made for protection of the Christian refugees in the camps.
International Christian Concern stated: “As countries like the U.K. debate how to deal with the refugee crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that their policy will discriminate against Christians. The policy takes those who are in camps, but many Christians fearing discriminant, violence, and intimidation have not been willing to enter formal camps that are largely populated by Sunni Muslims.”