An Afghan migrant attacked a 50-year-old woman in an asylum center in Timelkam, Voecklamarkt in North Western Austria because he heard her reading the Bible.
The woman had been invited by Christians who lived in the place and asked her to talk about the Bible. As she read passages from the Book, the Muslim migrant was offended and decided to attack her, according to The Daily Mail.
The 22-year-old Afghan ran into the kitchen where the woman was discussing with other people and stabbed her in the upper body. Fortunately, she was wearing a thick coat, which prevented her from having serious injuries.
However, the woman hurt her ear when she fell backwards because of the blow.
Police arrested the migrant, who later admitted that he had “overreacted” to the situation, and explained that he was suffering from “personal problems.”
He also said he had not seen the woman before that day, according to Breitbart.
The police took him into custody at the Wels Prison in Upper Austria, but it is uncertain if he was charged or not.
Many Christians suffer from persecution and attacks in refugee homes. In Germany, more than 700 Christians living in asylum homes were attacked last year during the summer, according to a report from persecution watchdog Open Doors. Most of the attackers were Muslims.
“The documented cases confirm that the situation of Christian refugees in German refugee shelters is still unbearable,” the report said. “As a minority they are discriminated against, beaten up by and receive death threats from Muslim refugees and partly by the Muslim staff (securities, interpreters, volunteers) on grounds of their religion.”
The report said Christians living in asylum centers suffered from death threats (either directed at them or including their families), insults, bodily harm, spitting, punches, pushing and sexual abuse.
The researchers who wrote the report said they are assuming a “high number” of unreported cases.
Thomas Muller, an analyst from Open Doors, said Christian refugees who fled from violence in their home countries were “failing to find safety” in asylum centers in Europe. He said the organization’s report could very well be just the tip of the iceberg.
“It is clear that many Christian refugees – especially those who are converts to the Christian faith – live in fear of persecution from Muslim refugees who make up the majority of residents in the refugee hostels set up throughout Europe,” Muller said.
“It is sobering to hear persecuted Christians telling a Western country that they recognize the very same persecution patterns in operation as in their home countries.”