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Christians Live in Cloud of Fear on Zanzibar

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2011 Sep 07
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According to a report from Compass Direct News, on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, Christians live in a climate of fear. It’s a place where a young man flees the island to escape death threats from his Muslim family, and a Christian who accidentally burned pages of the Quran opts for jail by entering a guilty plea rather than face certain death from a furious mob. Yusuf Abdalla, 23, fled to Moshi, mainland Tanzania, after his family threatened to kill him in June. Having converted to Christianity in October 2010 after hearing the gospel on the radio, he was enrolled at a vocational school in Zanzibar city to learn tailoring when his family found out in March that he had left Islam. The beating he then received from family members left him with injuries to his head, hand and torso, as well as a serious mouth wound and substantial loss of blood. “The family then took back the tailoring machine which they had bought him,” his pastor said. “They also vowed not to support his training.” The church has since arranged for his escape to Moshi. And in Pemba, it has become extremely risky for churches to have their documents typed or printed in cybercafés, as shop personnel are saving copies that they take to Muslim sheikhs in order to disclose Christian activities. Their findings are announced in mosques, pastors said.