Friday, December 20, 2013

If you were a Syrian refugee, would you head for Greece? Christians in Crisis

Sadly, life does not get any easier for Syrian refugees who manage to enter Greece. Without legal documentation, they are detained by police and placed in woefully overcrowded detention camps. Most are released after a few months.

Less than three percent ever obtain asylum status. When we worked with refugees during our years in Istanbul, we witnessed the plight of people fleeing Syria.

Christians in Crisis is one of hundreds of organizations seeking to give aid to Syrian refugees.

Iranian Christian Mostafa Bordbar was released from prison on Nov. 3, following a successful appeal against the 10 year prison sentence he received on July 31 2013.

According to a news release from human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), his release comes almost three months after he was imprisoned in Evin Prison on charges of being a member of an "anti-security organization," and "gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security."

An appeal court cleared him of all of charges on Oct. 30. Bordbar was arrested on Dec. 27 2012, along with 50 other Christian converts who had gathered to celebrate Christmas in a house in northern Tehran. They were detained, interrogated for several hours and forced to hand over personal details, including Facebook and e-mail addresses and passwords.

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