Anas Zakiri, an young man from the LGBT community who fled Marocco, is stuck in Turkey and needs support. He is an atheist and is looking for a way to live a free life. He’s in financial trouble right now. If you would like to support him, please follow this link:
The Giordano Bruno Foundation supports the Atheist Refugee Relief with a donation of more than 10.000 euros. The money is needed to continue the social and political work.
The Atheist Refugee Relief was presented to the public as part of the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims on November 17th, 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne. Michael Schmidt-Salomon interviewed Rana Ahmad, Mina Ahadi and Stefan Paintner about the beginnings and goals and tasks of the newly founded organization.
Unfortunately, religion is a reason for many people to leave their homeland and apply for asylum in Germany. When it comes to religious persecution, most people think of religious minorities threatened by the majority in their countries. In the current refugee crisis, these are mainly Jesids and Christians fleeing from predominantly Islamic countries.
But one group is often completely ignored in the media: the atheists. In many religions (e. g. in Islam) apostasy is considered a punishable offence. And even those who do not belong to any religious community from birth are unfortunately all too often persecuted as “infidels”.