Christian converts leave Iran for Turkey, claiming persecution

VAN, Turkey – Some 500 Christian converts from Iran have sought asylum in Turkey following what they say is persecution by the authorities. A man and his family who converted to Christianity from Islam say they used to practice their faith in secret.

Of those Rudaw talked to in Turkey’s Van, close to the Iranian border — all Kurds — none revealed their name and some chose not to appear on camera for fear of reprisals.

One young man who converted only after he arrived in Van said that he did not think he could be the person he wanted to be if he remained Muslim. He did not want to give his name or appear on camera.

  • Brett_McS

    I see that Hungary has offered to take the Swedish, Christian convert, originally from Iran, who applied for asylum in Sweden. The Swedes rejected her asylum request of course because she obviously deserves the death sentence awaiting her in Iran.

  • Maggat

    You want to go to Turkey? Poor choice I’d say. Seems OK today but the near future? I’d stay away.

  • Shebel

    I just converted to ISLAM.
    I feel so LIBERATED.
    I can HATE anyone AND EVERYONE. .
    Peace be upon the fucking Prophet.

  • Shebel

    Are you ready to DIE for Jesus?
    No hard feelings.
    Catch you on the other side.

  • Shebel

    Does anyone actually believe this bullshit?

  • Blacksmith

    That is jumping from the frying pan on high to the skillet on simmer. Might take a little longer but the end will be the same. Turkey is going full pisslamist.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Are they any better off in Turkey?