ICC Note: In another series of reports, this time released by Germany’s evangelical and Catholic Churches, Christian and other minority refugees are suffering at the hands of their Muslim counterparts. The joint statement calls on authorities to better protect Christians and Yazidis living in densely populated refugee camps where they regularly experience attacks and death threats from their Muslim neighbors. The report also highlights the Church’s role in helping refugees.
07/18/2016 Germany (Christian Times): Christian refugees face discrimination and even death threats at the hands of Muslims in German refugee centres, according to a joint statement issued by the country’s evangelical and Catholic Churches.
Cardinal Marx, chair of German Bishops’ Conference and Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, head of the Protestant Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), united to condemn the attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in camps.
The statement urges protection for minority groups in refugee camps, specifically Christians and Yazidis.
The two churches have conducted a survey together across their dioceses and regions to highlight the Church’s role in helping refugees. In a series of recommendations, the Church leaders suggest how authorities could ensure peace within camps.
Germany received more than one million refugees and migrants in 2015, the highest in the country’s figure. In the first half of 2016, 222,200 entered Germany, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry.