Christian refugees in Germany hiding their Bibles from Muslim extremists in migrant camps

Syrian refugees arriving in Germany.Reuters

These Christians fled persecution in the Middle East, thinking Germany would be a great country to restart their lives, where they can finally be free to practice their faith.

Imagine their utter dismay when they found out that after all the hardship and trauma of abandoning their homes and venturing into a new land, terror simply followed them.

Now, these Christian refugees seeking asylum in Germany are facing daily threats from Muslim extremists who are also temporarily housed in their camp near the city of SchloƟ Holte-Stukenbrock, the Daily Express reports.

According to religious sources, Christians in the camp have been forced to hide their Bibles as fundamentalist Muslims living among them have threatened to seize and rip the pages of the Scripture.

Sporadic outbreaks of violence have already occurred in the camp which houses some 1.1 million refugees, according to sources.

Reports said around 14 Iranian Christian men were recently removed from the camp after they were threatened with death for refusing to abandon their faith.

During the recent Ramadan, Christians were reportedly forced to eat leftover food in the camp after the meal times were changed to accommodate Muslims who fast and don't eat during daylight hours during the Islamic holy month.

Pastor Mahin Mousapour of the Persian Father House community in Frankfurt, who converted to Christianity more than 25 years ago, said many Muslims in the camp regard their fellow Christian migrants as "unclean" and "more impure than dogs."

The pastor said Christians who have been victimised by their fellow Muslim migrants are opting to keep quiet since they are "afraid of revenge or of losing their asylum status if they complain."

She urged German government authorities to do something to protect the Christian migrants. "It cannot be that someone seeks shelter with us because of his faith and we then don't protect him here," she said.

She said trouble is spreading even outside the camp and that she herself has been threatened on the street by a knife-wielding Muslim migrant.

"We are here in Germany, in a Christian country. We must not allow others to make the rules," Pastor Mousapour urged the authorities.