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Pakistan: Christian kidnapped, tortured for 2 years; false conversion to Islam

August 19, 2011

A Pakistani Christian woman who was abducted in 2009 has escaped from her captor.

After Arifa Alfred, 27, was drugged and kidnapped in central Pakistan, she awoke and was shown papers stating that she had converted to Islam and married her captor. After two years of torture, she escaped on August 1.

“I am a Christian and have always remained steadfast in my Christian faith and continued to pray to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in my heart for liberation during these two years of imprisonment,” she said.

Following her escape, Alfred brought the matter to the attention of police. The police inspector praised her for converting to Islam and has not pursued the case. Alfred and her family now fear for their lives.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 22, 2011 1:53 PM ET USA

    What happens when one's homeland is hell.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 20, 2011 6:38 PM ET USA

    Please pray for safety and comfort for this woman and her family.