Persecution of Ex-Muslims (Italy)
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Converts from Islam to Christianity are exposed to threats, even in the West, revealing why it is difficult to ascertain specific data on the number of converts from Islam
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Two Italian journalists presented a book that recounts the testimony of converts from Islam to Christianity, while at the same time “Time” magazine ask why fundamentalism is growing among converts to Islam.
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Spero News, October 3, 2006
Moroccan immigrant hangs himself after his Muslim family bitterly opposed his decision to convert to Catholicism, threatening and savagely beating him
Bouidra's family was reported to have bitterly opposed his decision to convert to Catholicism and to had threatened and beaten him.
Earlier on Wednesday he had tried to drown himself in the sea but had been saved by Italian paramilitary 'Carabinieri' police and port officials, news reports said.
Prosecutors will investigate why he was allowed to discharge himself from a local psychiatric hospital where he was admitted after he tried to drown himself.
They will also look at claims by Bouidra's friends that he had told them members of his family had threatened and savagely beaten him over his planned conversion."Said was terrified of his father, who under no circumstances wanted a Christian for a son," said Civitavecchia's local councillor for social services, Chiara Guidoni
AKI, December 3, 2009
Teenager at the centre of a prostitution probe says her father threw a pan of boiling oil over her when she was 12-years-old after she told him she wanted to convert to Catholicism
"When I was nine years old, I was raped by two of my uncles - my father's brothers," Karima El Mahgroug said in an interview on one of Berlusconi's TV channels.
"The only person who I dared to talk to about what happened, my mother, said - keep quiet, because if your dad finds out you're not a virgin, he'll kill you," said El Mahroug, who is more often known by her stagename Ruby.
After she was raped, she invented a 'parallel world' to shut out the horror. "I told my schoolmates I had a marvellous family, and I pretended I was Wonderwoman."
But her immigrant father was violent towards her and when she was 12, he threw a pan of boiling oil over her after she said she wanted to become a Catholic, El Mahroug claimed.After that incident, El Mahroug said she first ran away from the family home in the eastern Sicilian coastal town of Letojanni, and stole a woman's handbag before being found by police.
AKI, January 19, 2011