Kahina* is a brilliant student in her third year at a University in Algeria. Her dream of becoming a professional may not come to fruition, since her father discovered her Christian faith and that she went secretly to the church in her region.
“I converted to Christ about a year and a half ago. At university, there is a group of Christian students with whom I shared my new faith with. I also went secretly to the church, but not in the area where my family lives. I was afraid to be seen by members of my family who are fiercely opposed to the Christian faith,” says Kahina, whose fear is justified.
“My brother, who had preached the gospel to me, was forced by my father to leave the house. At home, becoming a Christian is seen as a disgrace that is thrown on the family,” she said. Aware of the fate that awaits her in case her father discovered her conversion to Christianity, Kahina continued to keep her faith a secret until she was denounced by her older brother. He is a very strict Muslim, and a group of villagers told him that they had seen her entering the church.
Kahina now lives with terrible pressure from her family. “One day, I came home and I found my father and older brother, who belong to the Salafists, waiting for me. They asked me if I really went to church. I confessed the truth. My father became very angry. He insulted me and threatened to cut me out of the family and send me away from home,” says Kahina, who is just 21 years old.
* Representative name used to protect identity.