Syrian Christians Flee Swedish Asylum amid Harassment from Muslims
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jul 24
Muslim refugees forced Syrian Christian refugees living in Sweden out of their asylum house, according to reports.
Two Christian families had fled Syria to Sweden for asylum. They were staying at a place with about 80 people— many Syrian Muslims. The Muslims demanded that the Christians hide their crosses and no longer use communal areas in the place they were living, according to The Christian Post.
"They dared not stay. The atmosphere became too intimidating. And they got no help," said a Swedish government migration agency representative.
"They chose themselves to organize [a] new address and moved away without our participation because they felt a discomfort."
Persecution of Syrian Christians has risen to “biblical proportions,” the Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors, said.
"Christians, not just in their hundreds, Christians in their tens of thousands [are] fleeing Iraq and Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs because of increased pressure from the Islamic State," said Mike Gore of Open Doors Australia during a webcast in November.
Said Todd Daniels, regional manager for the Middle East branch of International Christian Concern: "It is not just the past that is being lost, but the future as well as an entire generation is growing up displaced by this conflict. We strongly support the call for an end to the hostilities in such a way that creates a Syria where all of its citizens – including Christians – are able to freely live and carry out their faith. We urge world leaders to act quickly, and decisively to make this a reality.”
Publication date: July 24, 2015