Swedish asylum centers: Muslims threaten to slaughter Christians
“It is obvious that we are not able to protect them at the existing accommodations. We cannot live on with the romantic idea of a harmonious mosaic of religions and ethnicity in our accommodations for asylum seekers, that time is past.” Now, why is that?
“Threatened with throat-slitting and slaughter: Christian persecution in Swedish asylum centres,” by Carey Lodge, Christian Today, April 28, 2016 (thanks to M):
In 2015, Sweden welcomed more than 160,000 asylum seekers, the majority of whom were from Syria and other war zones.
Christians and other religious minorities are being persecuted in Swedish asylum centres, and provisions must be made for their safety, campaigners say.
According to the Swedish Evangelical Alliance, one Christian refugee in Kalmar, south-eastern Sweden, was threatened with “slaughter”, and having his throat cut by a man who claimed to have fought with jihadist groups in Syria. A Pakistani Christian couple moved into a church when the husband’s name was sprayed on a wall near their room calling for his death. A separate group of asylum seekers in Kalmar were forced to leave their accommodation when their harassment escalated.
“No one wants a society where people are divided up on the basis of religious beliefs, sexuality, ethnicity, or nationality, but this is an urgent situation that must be resolved,” said Jacob Rudolfsson, deputy secretary-general of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance.
“Basic protection should be provided by the state, but when the state fails to protect Christian asylum seekers, Christian organizations must take action.”
In a letter dated March 14, Patriarch Ignatuis Aphrem II, Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, urged Swedish authorities to intervene.
He said he was “dismayed” by reports of Christians being harassed while in asylum accommodation. “This situation does not reflect the culture of the peaceful and loving Swedish people,” he wrote.
Sweden has struggled to cope with the influx of refugees, and last year ended its open border policy.
“Christians do not live in refugee camps in the Middle East, because, there too, they are persecuted by Muslim extremists. Because of that, most of the time, they are not entitled to aid from the UN. We, the Churches and community-based organizations, are doing our best to help them.
“To witness that they are once more being persecuted at Swedish asylum accommodations make[s] us very sad. We expect the Swedish Government and the concerned authorities to immediately make sure that these people are safe.
“A distinct asylum accommodation for Christians and other asylum seekers is essential. We appeal to you to set off such a place and give the word asylum back its true meaning of protection and safety.”
In his response, director general of the Swedish Migration Board, Anders Danielsson, highlighted Sweden’s long tradition of helping those fleeing war and persecution.
In 2015, the country welcomed more than 160,000 asylum seekers, the majority of whom were from Syria and other war zones. As of March 2016, there were around 180,000 people enrolled in the Swedish reception system, nearly 100,000 of whom were staying in accommodation provided by the Swedish Migration Agency.
Danielsson admitted that the unprecedented number of refugees coming to Sweden means standards of accommodation had been lowered.
“When so many, sometimes traumatized, asylum seekers are housed close together for a long time, there is an increased risk of tensions and conflicts between individuals,” he said. “We are very much aware that asylum seekers sometimes bring with them conflicts that exist in their home country, such as conflicts involving Christian minorities or other vulnerable groups, and we look very seriously at the need to ensure that everyone feels safe and secure in their living environment.”
However, calls for separate housing for Christians and other vulnerable groups “would go against principles and values that are central to Swedish society and our democracy,” he said. “It would be considered a great failure having to resort to segregation as a measure.”…
“We are currently examining the possibilities of offering a limited range of special housing for individuals that feel unsafe where they are staying due to the behaviour of others. These facilities would be open for anyone in need of a safer place regardless of nationality of religious beliefs,” he said. “The safeguarding of the right to asylum for those facing persecution for religious or other reasons is at the heart of what we do at the Swedish Migration Agency. We will continue to make every effort to provide safe reception conditions and ensure protection for those in need of sanctuary.”…
Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand for Action (ADFA), a campaign group working for the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East, said not enough has yet been done.
In a recent article for Sweden’s daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, he branded the situation at a number of shelters “alarming”, and said many refugees had been forced to flee. “It’s mostly Christians, Atheists, Druze and moderate Muslims that are being discriminated [against] by Islamic radicals,” he wrote….
Kino is therefore leading charges to open accommodation for Christian asylum seekers who do not feel safe in existing facilities. Speaking to Christian Today, Kino said he felt compelled to campaign on the matter after being contacted by two women who were being threatened. They said they were told to convert to Islam and cover their heads by other asylum seekers, and they
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