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Kyrgyzstan Girl “Burned” For Faith In Christ
ICC Note:
In a country that does not support religious minorities a young Kyrg girl was punished by her parents for converting to Christianity. Though they beat her until she went unconscious and burned her face on the stove, she did not recant her faith. Situations like this are more frequent in Kyrgyzstan than one might suppose, however the incidents frequently go unreported.
12/18/2012 Kyrgyzstan (BosNewsLife)– A young Kyrgyz girl is forced to work in a sewing workshop after being tortured by her parents in Kyrgyzstan because she converted to Christianity, well-informed investigators said Tuesday, December 18.
The troubles began when the girl “accepted Jesus [Christ]” as her Lord and Savior “during a church meeting” despite opposition towards Christians in this heavily Islamic nation, explained aid and advocacy group Open Doors.
“When her parents found out about her decision, they were very upset and took her home to their village” where she was soon mistreated, the group told BosNewsLife in a statement.
“They wanted her to recant and renounce her faith in Christ, so they began to beat her systematically till she lost consciousness.” Yet the girl, who was wrongly identified as “Almas” amid security concerns, “did not give in”, added Open Doors.
“It was winter when all of this happened, so her parents put her into a cold room and kept her there for several days. Still they were unable to break her spirit,” said Open Doors, which is in close contact with local believers.
“They then started pulling her hair and put her face against the stove, burning her face. In spite of this, she remained faithful,” the group claimed.
Her parents reportedly also burned all her Christian literature and decided to closely watch their daughter. “They put her to work in a sewing workshop, where she is forced to work from early in the morning till late in the evening.”
Sewing sweatshops are believed to be widespread in the country where many struggle with crippling poverty. “It has become virtually impossible for Almas to have any contact with her Christian friends,” Open Doors said.
The findings come amid reported growing pressure on minority devoted Christians in this country of some 5.5 million people, where roughly 75 percent is Muslim.

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