Christians in Indonesia face some of the harshest forms of persecution. It’s a risk for believers to openly share about their faith. If they do, they could be beaten or even killed.
Yet, recently, a new form of persecution is on the rise — Christian girls are being targeted by Muslim men.
Christian Girls Targeted
“Influential leaders are literally training young men to target Christian girls to impregnate them,” World Mission’s Greg Kelley says.
“They target them to try and sort of diffuse the spread of Christianity because the family of the Christian girl is so ashamed that…they’re forced into marrying that daughter into a Muslim family.”
Kelley says this is not happening across the board in all Muslim-majority areas. However, it is becoming more frequent in countries like Indonesia.
Families are put into difficult situations because they are shamed and because a dowry system is applied in Indonesia. Further, many Christian families are often impoverished.
Knowing this, the girls’ attackers come to her family and say they will not make them pay a dowry for their daughter.
“The family, because the shame is so overwhelming, they agree to that… and the Muslims who are being trained to do this, they understand that. That’s why they’re doing that. They’re taking a Christian into a Muslim family so they can influence [her].”
Once girls are married into the Muslim families, they’re often cut off from or abandoned by their families and they face even more difficult circumstances.
In some cases, girls are the second or third wife of their persecutor and they have few freedoms.
They are “being withheld the basic human rights that a lot of women in America take for granted, living in many cases underground.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lindsay Steele