Sharia law rules in refugee camps where Christians attacked & harassed

by Kelly Ledbetter, |
Migrants queue on a bridge crossing the border river Inn at the German-Austrian frontier between Braunau and Simbach am Inn near Passau, Germany November 1, 2015. | REUTERS/Michael Dalder

BERLIN (Christian Examiner) – An Iraqi Christian family who made it all the way to Germany decided to turn around and return to Iraq when they faced persecution from other refugees in Europe.

"They [Muslim refugees] yelled at my wife and beat my child," said the Iraqi father. "They say ... 'We will kill you and drink your blood.'"

Similar reports have been emerging with increasing frequency, although the persecution of Christians at the hands of Muslims in refugee camps is by no means a new phenomenon.

A young Christian from Syria made a similar decision to return to his homeland when he heard what Muslims yelled at him in Germany. "They shout Quranic verses," he told Barnabas Aid. "These are words that [Islamic State] shouts ... before they cut off people's heads. I cannot stay here. I am a Christian."


Christians have been oppressed, ostracized, and physically attacked in refugee camps all across Europe, according to an October report from Human Events, which identifies Christian persecution by Muslims in Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, and many other countries since migration from the Middle East intensified this year.

Gottfried Martens, pastor of a Berlin church, said, "[V]ery religious Muslims are spreading the following idea throughout the refugee centers: Sharia law rules wherever we are."

The pastor explained that Muslims who convert to Christianity are especially likely to be victims of bullying or much worse. "There is a 100 percent chance that these people will be attacked," Martens said. They face intense pressure to return to Islam in the face of hateful speech and threats against their family members.

While refugees are now being divided by religion to separate Christians from Muslims for their safety in some areas of Germany, the persecution continues to be harsh.

A Christian from Pakistan who fled to Germany to escape violence says living in a refugee camp is "not really different" from being in Pakistan. "Ninety-eight percent of asylum seekers there are Muslims and they threaten me, call me a Kufr, an unbeliever," said the young man. "I'm afraid there, very afraid."