Christians Forced to Flee Refugee Housing in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock

Country: Germany
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Islamist
Tags: Freedom of Religion | Insult or Incitement | Hate Incident | Hate Crime

August 04, 2016: Fourteen young Christian Iranians fled their accommodations after being threatened with death for months by a group of Muslims living in the tent city.

The Evangelical Free Church agreed to house the Christians, as the attacks in the tent city were too dangerous. Not only were their bibles destroyed, but their lives were threatened. According to one of them, they were told unequivocally by some of the Muslims in the asylum home that if they continued to live their Christian faith, they would kill them. Or: "They would send their souls to hell.

After making an official complaint, the Christians were moved to new housing, but safety there was short-lived, as 140 others were also moved - including some of the Muslim residents who had been threatening them. The Christians describe the situation as similar to the one they fled Iran: persecution for their faith.

The district government said that the names of the aggressors must be provided before any further action will be taken. The victims did so via email to a church volunteer on July 26, 2016, but the information is fragmented: "a big man with long hair from tent 21", "Zahed and Adolbaset from Afghanistan", for example. 

Source: Neue Westf√§lische