In Afghanistan, Aid Worker Faces Death Due to Religion

A faded Red Cross flag hangs from a building in Afghanistan. An Afghan employee of the organization faces execution unless he converts to Islam. Photo by: Kenny Holston / U.S. Air Force / CC BY-ND

An Afghan Red Cross employee detained in a Kabul prison is reportedly facing execution unless he reconverts to Islam.

Said Musa, a Christian who works as a physiotherapist for amputees, said a judge told him he will be hanged within days if he does not convert back to Islam, the Herald Sun reports. Musa, an amputee himself, has been detained for eight months.

Lawyers have reportedly refused to take his case unless he reconverts, while others allegedly stopped representing him after receiving threats, the newspaper adds.

Aid workers in conflict-ridden states are at risk of being persecuted for various reasons; some political, others religious. Militant groups accuse humanitarian workers of having ulterior motives, such as converting the people they serve to Christianity - a claim that aid organizations deny. 

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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