Monday, 28 September 2015

The Christians who are fleeing war in their countries also need to fear for their lives in the reception centres in Germany. They are insulted, mistreated, attacked and threatened with death by radical Muslims. The respected newspaper Die Welt has compiled some witness testimonies in its weekend edition "Welt am Sonntag". 
Said is a Christian who fled Iran after the arrest of his brother in a church. He crossed Turkey on foot. He never thought he would experience such problems in Germany. "I thought I would be able to freely practise my religion here. But if I say I am a Christian in an asylum centre, I am threatened with death." 
Said has a place right in the middle of Sunnite Syrians in an asylum centre in Brandenburg (near Berlin). "During Ramadan, they wake me up at dawn to force me to eat and drink before sunrise. If I refuse, they call my unbeliever, infidel. They spat on me and treated me like an animal. They threatened to kill me." 
Pastor Gottfried Berlin Martens, who deals with Christians who have come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, confirms these problems in the asylum centres. "Radical Muslims make the law," he says. They declare: where we are, it's sharia first. The Christians don't even dare to prepare their meals in the communal kitchens any more. Whoever doesn't pray five times a day in the direction of Mecca is mistreated. Crucifixes worn round the neck are banned. The Christians wonder when these radical Muslims are going to leave the asylum centres. Will Christians have to hide themselves in future?" 
Said's story is like that of many of the Christian refugees in the asylum centres. In Hemer (south-east of Dortmund), a man of Erithrean origin and his pregnant wife were attacked by radical Muslims from Algeria. He was wounded with a glass bottle. 
A young Syrian also speaks of a terrible threat in an asylum centre in Giessen (small town of 73,000 inhabitants). He fears that many Islamic State fighters are among the migrants. 
"They shout Koranic verses and slogans calling for people to be decapitated. I can't stay here. I'm a Christian." 
A Christian family, originally from Iraq, experienced a real nightmare in an asylum centre in Freising (in the north of Munich). They were threatened by a Syrian extremist. "He repeated to us: we are going to kill you and drink your blood," said the father to a local station in Beieren. 
For Max Klingberg, who has worked with the refugees for more than 15 years in the International Society for Human Rights, the Afghans and Pakistanis especially are sowing terror in the asylum centres. They are more extremist than the Iraqis and Syrians. 
"We need to stop thinking that all those who come here respect human rights. It's an illusion. Many of the current refugees are more religious than the Muslim Brotherhood. The Christians and Yazidis are the first victims. For Muslims who have converted to Christianity, there is an almost 100% chance that they will be attacked."


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