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Christian Actress Thought She Could Make a Home in Sweden, Now She Faces Deportation and Persecution

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jul 26
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Sweden will deport Iranian Christian actress Aideen Strandsson back to Iran, where she could face prison time for becoming a Christian.

According to CBN News, deporting Strandsson is a violation of international law, but Swedish officials told her that becoming a Christian was her decision and now she has to face the consequences.

Sweden’s migration board has said it would never deport asylum seekers to a nation where they could be harmed, said Swedish Attorney Gabriel Donner, who has helped some 1,000 Christian asylum-seekers who have faced deportation.

"The migration board has on its home page information about each country. And in the information regarding Iran there are plenty of reports stating that it is standard to torture and rape in Iranian prisons," Donner said. "And the question we have been asking the migration board time and time again is why do you put this information on your homepage if you don't follow it? "

Strandsson came to Sweden in 2014 on a work visa and changed her name to a Swedish one. She had starred in Iranian films and TV series and then became a Christian when she saw a video of Muslims stoning a woman to death.

“I decided at that moment I don’t want to be a Muslim anymore.

“I had a dream about Jesus, and I remember he was sitting near me and he took my hand,” she said.

She kept her conversion a secret in Iran and then left for Sweden, where she was baptized.

Her asylum request, however, has been rejected and her case has been turned over to the border police. A Swedish migration official told her she would be in prison about six months.

 

Publication date: July 26, 2017