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ICC Note: According to a new report by Open Doors, violence against Christians in German refugee camps continues to be a widespread problem with more than 700 incidents recorded between February and September. The majority of incidents were violent in nature while nearly 50% reported that they experienced sexual abuse. The report indicated that the refugees who were the most at risk of violence were Christians who had converted from Islam.

By Harry Farley

10/19/2016 Germany (Christian Today) – Hundreds of Christian refugees have been beaten and sexually abused in German refugee camps, a report by the persecution charity Open Doors revealed.

A total of 743 Christians and 10 Yazidis were victims of religious motivated attacks in camps between February and September 2016, the report showed, but it warned the figure was the “tip of the iceberg”. The report was presented to a press conference in Berlin on Monday and said “religiously motivated attacks occur frequently and nationwide”.

It added “a number of unreported cases” must be assumed. Only 17 per cent of refugees affected reported the incidents to the police because they feared their situation would become worse.

Christian refugees faced death threats, sexual assault and violent attacks at the hands of the Muslim-majority cohabitants in the camps. More than half of those affected said the persecution they had received was violent and 44 reported sexual attacks against them.

An overwhelming majority, 83 per cent, said the attacks had happened “several times”

Christian converts were most at risk, the report stressed. “The highest risk in participating in the survey was taken by the converts from Islam to Christianity, according to the Quran their change of faith is considered as a crime worthy of the death penalty, therefore they are explicitly in danger.”

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