The number of incidents involving girls and women being taken from their families, raped and forced to change their faith has grown over the last few years.
“We have not done anything wrong or illegal, yet in full public view we were forcefully taken to police station. It is quite shocking, and we never imagined such a situation in our lives.”
Christian and Hindu girls are particularly vulnerable, as they are targeted to be forcibly converted to Islam and have far less social and legal backing.
Some of the funding will go directly to Orthodox Churches such as the Greek Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox, as well as the Armenian Apostolic Church, all of them in Aleppo, Syria.
Many of them had been identified as Christians and the terrorists were expressly seeking them out to kill them because of their faith.
“If there is any Church in need in Europe, then it is ours. In my Diocese of Banja Luka, 95 percent of the Church buildings were destroyed or severely damaged during the war.”