Sunday, March 14, 2010

Religious Info.

From the Voice of the Martyrs web site:
Much of the Middle East was predominantly Christian during the first centuries after Christ. By the mid-seventh century, Islam had conquered vast areas of the Middle East, but thankfully, in some areas the Coptic Christian church never disappeared. Many countries' constitutions give preference to Muslims. Christians are treated as second-class citizens, denied political representation and discriminated against in employment.
Category: Restricted Nation
Religion: Muslim 86.52%, Christian 12.98%
Ideology: Islam

Sudanese Refugees:
Refugees in the middle east experience discrimination by both the government and civilian services. Many governments even have laws that have effectively stalled legal and financial gains for refugees of all nationalities, and the response by the international community has been limited. Legal employment in the middle east is "virtually" impossible for many refugees. There are tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees, most of them seeking refuge from ongoing military conflicts in their home country of Sudan. Their official status as refugees is highly disputed, and they have been subject to racial discrimination and police violence. They live among a much larger population of Sudanese migrants, more than two million people of Sudanese nationality have fled Sudan. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants believes many more of these migrants are in fact refugees, but see little benefit in seeking recognition.

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