The persecution of Christians in just one month – Part III.
"An estimated 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan's Hindu and Christian community are assaulted, abducted, forcefully married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year." This is only what happened in one country according to the list of an unusual and sad collection of hate towards Christians. Here is the third and final chapter of all the abuses that Christians had to face during just one month of the year 2020.
Gatestoneinstitute.org collected a shocking number of atrocities against believers of Christ which happened during a single month. Earlier this month we shared the first part of the long list talking about physical attacks against the safety, or rather, the very lives of Christian people all around the world. Today, following yesterday’s second part of the series this is the third and final chapter of all the atrocities that Christians had to suffer.
Part III: Hate for Christians. Abduction, Rape, and Forced Conversion of Christian Women
Nigeria: Between March 23 and April 30, six young Christian girls and one older married woman were kidnapped. “We are saddened to report to you the battles we have been fighting even amidst the lockdown,” the Hausa Christians Foundation reported on May 4, adding that it “has been working on the following tragic incidences of abduction and forceful Islamisation, despite the fact that the lockdown has limited our efforts.” The statement continues:
“The usual practice is that these girls will be forced into marriage and perpetually be abused sexually, physical and emotionally. We are doing our best to rescue these precious lives but our efforts have been truncated by the current government imposed lockdown that has put everything on hold. The simple reason for the injustice and the persecution we have been subjected to is because of our faith in Christ Jesus.”
Two of the young girls have since been rescued.
Pakistan: Another young Christian girl was kidnapped. According to a May 2 report,
On Sunday, April 26, a 14-year-old Christian girl was abducted by a group of armed Muslim men. The Christian girl’s family has filed a police report and is begging police to recover their relative. Myra Shehbaz was abducted by a group of Muslim men led by Muhammad Naqash. Eye witnesses claim that Myra was attacked while she was traveling to her workplace as a domestic worker on Sunday afternoon. Myra’s abductors forced her into a car and Myra tried to resist. The abductors were armed and fired several shots into the air. The girl’s mother fears her daughter will be raped, forcefully converted to Islam, or even killed.
An estimated 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan’s Hindu and Christian community are assaulted, abducted, forcefully married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year.”
Egypt: In a May 22 report, Coptic Solidarity, a human rights organization focused on the plight of Egypt’s Christians, made the following remarks:
“The indigenous Coptic Christians of Egypt continue to experience increasing persecution, by the Muslim society. To illustrate, at least five Coptic women, including some minors, have reportedly been kidnapped or disappeared in just the last few weeks, and there has been no concentrated effort made to recover them. Ranya Abd al-Masih, a Coptic wife and mother of three from a town just north of the capital, Cairo remains hidden despite protests, including from the region’s church, which laments ‘the total lack of reaction by the authorities.”
Austria: A local newspaper reported:
“A graffiti that rightly causes a lot of agitation. The lettering “Christians must die” can be seen at the Traisen-Markt train station. Above it, in the same style, the words “Allach Akkbar” [sic].
Uganda: A Muslim father burned his daughter for converting to Christianity. While traveling with her father, a sheikh (respected elder) of the Muslim community, Rehema Kyomuhendo, 24, heard the gospel and secretly converted. On the night of May 4, while she and her father were staying at her aunt’s home, she called a Christian associate: “As she was sharing Christ with me, I was so overjoyed,” Rehema later explained, “and my father heard my joy and woke up, came from his bedroom furiously and started beating me up with blows, slaps and kicks.” He also shouted that he was “going to kill her.” He broke a gas container, lit the pieces with the unspilt fuel, and began to burn his daughter. Her cries awakened her aunt, who protected her from the sheikh. Last reported, Rehema was expected to need more than a month of hospitalization due to “serious burns on her leg, stomach, rib area, near her neck and on part of her back.” No one has “reported the assault to police for fear that her father might try kill her.”
Pakistan: In another example of abuse of Christians, this time in connection to COVID-19, “an Islamic cleric claims his organization is using COVID-19 food aid to convert non-Muslims to Islam,” according to a May 8 report.
Speaking on Pakistani television, the cleric boasted of how when a destitute Christian man came for aid, the “staff of the organization offered him conversion against food which he accepted.”
The man was subsequently renamed Muhammad Ramadan, signifying his conversion had occurred during the Muslim holy month. The cleric had added that Muhammad was then fasting (which is ironic considering hunger is what prompted him to convert in the first place).
Credits for the collection of these three articles “The persecution of Christians – in just one month.” Part I. -Part III. go to gatestoneinstitute.org and to Raymond Ibrahim, author of the recent book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum.