A recent report published by Christian advocacy group Open Doors Germany is beginning to discover the country’s obvious inability and refusal to protect the religious minorities in refugee camps. The report uncovered that in 2016 alone, an amazing 743 Christians and 10 Yazidis have faced persecution that included violent beatings, sexual assault, and death threats, for their faith at the hands of intolerant Muslim refugees also in the camps.
After fleeing from civil war, conflict, and mass persecution, from places such as Syria and Northern Iraq, these religious minorities were attempting to find a safe space, but now, they have found themselves facing a different kind of hell.
“The situation of Christian refugees in German refugee shelters is still unbearable,” stated the advocacy group. “As a minority they are discriminated against, beaten up by and receive death threats from Muslim refugees and partly by the Muslim staff (security, interpreters, volunteers) on grounds of their religion.”
The survey conducted it’s study between February and September of 2016. They found that “nearly half of the respondents said they suffered some sort of injury. Nearly 300 said they received death threats against themselves or their families. Others were sexually assaulted, insulted, discriminated against or subjected to psychological pressure,”.
Open Doors Germany is blasting German authorities for ignoring radical Islam and “trivializing” and “concealing” such acts of religious persecution.
“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,” says ODG.
“As a Christian charity, Open Doors is not against Muslims, as CEO Markus Rode has already made clear in a comprehensive statement in January 2015. It is a constitutive element of Christian faith that Muslims are loved by God and are to be met with love and compassion,” continues the organization.
ODG adds that:
“At the same time, it has to be stated that Islam, which is the majority religion in most of the refugees’ home countries, is responsible for the massive violation of the human right to freedom of religion. This is, for example, the case when Muslims threaten to kill converts while invoking the Quran as a basis for their action,”.
“Those organizations which have helped to conduct the survey—such as Persecuted Christians and the Needy, European Mission Society Fellowship, and the Central Council of Oriental Christians—are claiming that much persecution goes unreported and that the reported accounts of these religiously motivated attacks are just the “tip of the iceberg.”
The report states: “It must be assumed that there is a high number of unreported cases,” An example would be, “a significantly higher number of cases could have been included in the survey” if more staffers were available to work the camps, readily assisting religious minorities.
It is noted that the fear of becoming a snitch would come around to bite them in the butt, so minorities may be holding back minorities from reporting such incidents.
According to this report, “Effective measures for the protection of religious minorities (in refugee camps have) yet to be implemented.”
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