Young Boy Under Threat for Wearing a Cross

Country: Turkey

Date of incident: March 16, 2012

A 12-year-old boy, Hussein, witnessed his Christian faith by wearing a silver cross necklace in school. Muslim classmates taunted and spat on him. When the boy threatened to report one of the bullies, the bully's father threatened to "kill him". He says he also received a beating by his religion teacher.

The Stonegate institute explains: "Like in most Islamic countries, students of all faiths are required to attend Islamic studies in school. Those who refuse to recite the Koran and Islamic prayers are often beaten by the teacher. And so it was for Hussein. He said he was punished regularly with a two-foot long rod because he wouldn't say the Islamic Shahada."


Stonegate Institute / Press Overview about Turkey & ME Christians – March 2012 ‐ prepared by Suleyman Gultekin