In Jordan Christians are more persecuted than ever
Actually I had planned to travel from Jordan to Syria and to Iraq – but sometimes it is different than one has planned. Since it was too dangerous to cross the border, we decided that this time we wanted to focus entirely on helping the refugees in Jordan.
So I started on 29 May from Frankfurt Airport and landed in the middle of the night in the Jordanian capital Amman. Our chairman picked me up, and he immediately pointed out that we are in Ramadan.
Ramadan in Jordan means Ramadan for all people, no matter what religious denomination they are, nothing may be eaten in public, if you violate the prohibition you go to jail. Although the Jordanian royals try to maintain a liberal façade, the government is becoming increasingly fanatical.
Imam Ali for example preached in a Jordanian mosque: “We are all ISIS, anyone attacking ISIS attacks us all.” People are becoming more and more fanatical, especially Christians are being attacked. Christian businesses are being boycotted and businessmen are driven into bankruptcy and have to give up. 40 years ago there were still 12% Christians in Jordan today it is 4% with a total population of 8 million.
If a Christian for example applies for a passport, the official paper will be handed over to him with the religion Muslim. If the Christian claims this false entry, and if he insists on doing so correctly, he is accused of blasphemy – a deadly sin, since apostate Muslims must be killed according to the Quran.
Jordan is a relatively expensive country and so we were only able to travel when it was clear that we had enough money to provide the local people with sufficient assistance. Pastor Emmanuel al Banna took over the distribution on the ground he always helps where help is needed, all people who are in need, no matter what faith.
Many of the refugees are in Jordan. They live in camps under very poor conditions. They come from Iraq and Syria, and the entry for Syrians has now been stopped. Some people have been living there for 8 or 9 years and can neither move forward nor back. A hopeless situation. Around 2500 Christians are among them.
The Christians, who have fled from Iraq, report about new cruelties: children are abducted and organs are taken from them – a profitable, terrible business. Often the parents have to flee head over heels when they get a tip that ISIS is looking for their children.
I did a lot of therapy with refugees, mainly women, so the trip to the Jordan River was a pure recovery. At the place where Jesus was baptized, I went into the water and let myself drift in the gentle waves.
Dear friends and supporters. The need is great in the refugee camps in the Middle East. Please help mitigate this distress and donate.
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