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Two asylum seekers who say they fear the Taliban will kill them as they are not Muslims are to be sent to Kabul

ICC Note:

Two Afghan Christians living in the U.K. who are scheduled to be deported back to Afghanistan fear death by the Taliban or by their own family upon arrival.

By Sam Jones

4/26/2011 Afghanistan (Guardian) – Two Afghan asylum seekers, who say they fear they will be killed for being Christian if they are returned home, are to be deported to Kabulon Wednesday.

Ahmed Faizi, 29, has been on a hunger strike at the Harmondsworth immigration removal centre near Heathrow for six days.

According to friends, Faizi – who has a cross tattooed on his right arm – is convinced that he will be killed if forced to return to Afghanistan. He told a friend: “If the Taliban don’t execute me for being a Christian, my family will.”

His fellow deportee, Ali Hussani, expressed similar fears. “They will kill me for being Christian,” he said. “There are only Muslims there.”

Although Hussani was baptised only two weeks ago, his friends are convinced of his commitment to Christianity.

Marie Lutter, a member of the Jesus Army, said she had known him for five or six months and had “no doubt whatsoever” about his faith.

She said she also feared the worst if he was deported.

“I think he’s probably at risk of being imprisoned or killed,” she said. “The other Afghan boys have ostracised him since he became a Christian; they have refused to speak to him or eat with him. He is an orphan, and if he arrives in Kabul, he [will have] no one to defend him.”

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