Intellectuals meet in a panel discussion about Islamism at Berlin´s International Literature Festival. The debate centered mainly around the issues Islamic State vs. Islam. One panelist argued, Islamic State had nothing to do with Islam, by its beliefs and actions. A very different view of the reality was provided by Professor Kizilhan, PhD in Orientalism and Phychology, with on the ground- experience in helping traumatized victims of the Islamic State.
Thousands of Christians chose to leave their home country Pakistan, because of persecution. They flee to Thailand, travelling on a tourist visa. But when the visa expires, they become illegal immigrants and are held in detention centers. Their future is bleak, unless a solution is found, and quickly. Hans Erling Jensen, our international director, met some Christian refugees from Pakistan and local representatives of the UNHCR in Bangkok.
This is what happens to many Christian Pakistanis, fleeing their country: Being victims of religious persecution by the hands of the Muslim majority, they travel to Thailand on a tourist visa. But once their visa expires, they are illegal immigrants. Many end up in detention centers, while others are forced into hiding. Living a life of fear, relying on aid to stay alive.