Oct 31 2015
Christian refugees think they will be safe in the West. But when there are many more Muslims than Christians in refugee camps, the Christians continue to be persecuted. Muslims say, “Wherever we are, there is the Sharia, there is our law.” The situation is so bad that Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East.
Frontpage The ones who made it to Germany got a wake up call. They thought Germany was a Christian country, one that helps Christians, and that all people would be treated equally. But that’s not the case.
“In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have arrested my brother in a house church. I fled the Iranian secret police, because I thought in Germany I can finally freely live by my religion,” says Said. “But in the home for asylum seekers, I can’t even openly admit that I am a Christian.”
“They wake me before dawn during Ramadan and say that I should eat before the sun comes up. If I refuse, they say, I’m a, kuffar ‘, an unbeliever. They spit at me,” says Said. “They treat me like an animal. And threaten to kill me.” Said says he has called the Security Service which not interested in his problems. “They are also all Muslims.”
In the community room of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Trinity in Berlin-Steglitz pastor Gottfried Martens sits with a stack of papers… Around 600 Afghans and Iranians belong to his church. Most of them he himself baptized. “Almost all have big problems in their homes,” says Martens. “Devout Muslims teach there the view: Where we are, there is the Sharia, there is our law.”
In the kitchen, Christians can not prepare their own food. Those who do not pray five times a day toward Mecca, are being bullied. “Above all, Christians who have converted from Islam have to suffer as a minority,” says Martens. “And they ask the question: Will we have to hide ourselves as Christians in the future in this country?”…
In Hemer, Algerian asylum seekers attacked an Eritrean Christian and his pregnant wife. Both wore their baptismal cross around their necks. One struck the Eritreans with a glass bottle.
A young Syrian in Giessen reported threats. He is concerned that among the refugees fare ollowers of the terrorist group Islamic State of (IS) are. “They shout Quranic verses. These are words that shouts the IS before they cut off people’s heads. I can not stay here. I am a Christian,” he says.
Especially dramatic is the case of a Christian family from Iraq, which was housed in a refugee camp in the Bavarian Freising. The father told a TV crew of the Bayerischer Rundfunk of beatings and threats by Syrian Islamists. “They yelled at my wife and beat my child. They say.. “We will kill you and drink your blood” The family lived in the rooms of the home as prisoners – until they no longer stand it and returned to Iraq.”
“One would have to protect the family,” says Simon Jacob of the Central Council of the Eastern Christians. Stories like these no longer surprise him. “I know of a lot of reports of Christian refugees who are under attack. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” says Jacob. “The number of unreported cases is high.”…
“Often the aggressors are Afghans or Pakistanis who are often more Islamist than many Syrians and Iraqis,” says Max Klingberg of the International Society for Human Rights, who has been active in refugee aid for fifteen years. He assumes that the violence in the refugee centers will continue to increase. “We must rid ourselves of the illusion that all those who arrive here, are human rights activists. Among the new arrivals is a not small number at least as intense as the Muslim Brotherhood.”
GOV The Berlin priest Gottfried Martens knows that these stories are not isolated incidents. Martens says. “I had thought at the beginning of this refugee wave that a lot of the refugees were those who suffered under radical Islam in their home countries, and that they would appreciate the fact that it’s different here.” But the percentage of “very conservative” Muslims is extremely high among asylum seekers, a lot higher than he estimated. In comparison to previous years, the picture has changed drastically in refugee camps.
To add insult to injury, Afghan or Iranian Christians have to wait three to four years until they can get recognition in Germany as citizens.