France: A refugee receives threats for converting to Christianity

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A Christian convert claims he received threats in a French refugee camp. Coming from Kurdistan he took refuge in the camps outside Calais and Dunkirk in the northern part of France. He said he was harassed and threatened for converting to Christianity.

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He spent about nine months in makeshift refugee camps, and was later smuggled to the UK. “In Calais, the smugglers saw my cross round my neck, and said ‘You are Kurdish and you are a Christian? Shame on you,’. I said, ‘Why? I’m in Europe, I’m free, I’m in a free country,'” he stated.

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“They said, ‘No, you are not free, you are in the Jungle. The Jungle has Kurdish rule here — leave this camp.’ The smugglers were from inside the camp, and were Kurdish. They said to me, ‘We will tell the Algerians and Moroccans to kill you.'”

He said that once his tent was set on fire, which made him leave the refugee camp. He said that back in Kurdistan, the police hooked him and beat him for preaching the gospel of Christ in the streets. He said that he received letters threatening him to quit his Christian faith and return to his previous faith. He says that he is seeking asylum in the UK, and aims to preach the gospel in the United Kingdom.

A Christian persecution watch dog Open Doors in its recent report claimed that Christian refugees are facing same situation in Germany. In its report, Open Doors reported that from February to September in 2016, about 743 cases of religion based violence when Christian and Yazidi refugees were targeted.