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Turkey: Christians in Refugee Camps Forced to Hide Faith from Hostile Muslims

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Sep 13
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A ministry director in Turkey says that refugees in camps who convert to Christianity must hide their faith from the Muslim community.

The ministry director works with Christian Aid Mission and has chosen to remain unnamed for “security reasons.”

Many of the refugees in Turkey are from Syria, but there have been several terror attacks in the country and even a failed coup against the government.

"The situation is bleak for refugees in the country," the ministry director told The Christian Post in an interview.

Still, the incoming refugees have been open to Christianity, he said.

“We have earned the trust of refugees, they just are very pleased to welcome us to their tents," he said.

He said that more than 120 have accepted Christ and about 20 have been baptized.

"They have to hide it from others and live their religion secretly," he said, adding that Christians get treated as infidels.

Life in the refugee camps is difficult; many are in need of daily food, clean water, diapers and other necessities.

The ministry director said the ministry he is part of helps around 8,000 refugees. About 45 percent of those refugees do not want to return to Syria.


Publication date: September 13, 2016