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ICC Note: As previously reported, violence and discrimination continue to mount in refugee camps in Germany. Christian and Muslim refugees, hailing mainly from the Middle East, continue to experience tension with nearly 750 Christians reporting that they have experienced religiously motivated violence. Open Doors reports that Christians have been housed separately in some instances in order to ease some of the conflict.

By Carey Lodge

10/24/2016 Germany (Christian Today) – The persecution of Christian refugees living in a German reception centre has prompted drastic measures to reduce religiously-motivated violence, Open Doors reports.

The Christian persecution charity released on Monday a case study on a centre for refugees in Rotenburg, central Germany.

Researchers found that Christians living in the centre had faced death threats from Muslim refugees, and ‘sentencing’ by unofficial ‘Sharia councils’.

On 10 July, a number of Christian refugees returned from church to find a notice in one of the rooms that said: “To all Muslims: now is the time to behead the unbelievers”.

The Christians were temporarily moved to live in a local church to avoid attack.

One Iranian refugee told interviewers that one night a group of men shouted: “Whoever finds an Iranian woman today may rape and kill her. Kill them all. You may kill and rape them. You can do it, everywhere. Wherever you find them, you may do that.”

“We came here to live a free life, but now we are being oppressed heavily,” she said. “It is just like the Daesh [ISIS]: we feel very oppressed… I am living her under constant pressure and cannot take it any more. Nobody is allowed to know that I am a Christian, for I am afraid that they might find out about it in Iran. I am living under constant fear and oppression.”

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