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Christian convert beaten and imprisoned by her family
A Christian convert in a Central Asian country has been beaten by her family after they discovered her new faith.
Amira - whose name has been changed to protect her identity - was born in a small village and raised a Muslim.
After moving to a city to find work, she met other Christians and started to attend a church.
When her parents found out she had converted to Christianity, they told Amira "You are a shame and a disgrace to the family" and told her to return to the village for a visit to her family.
Amira was beaten, imprisoned and told she would have to reconvert to Islam and marry a Muslim man when she visited her family home.
However, she was able to escape and flee to her church back in the city.
With the help of her church, Amira was able to go to another city and is now safe and being supported by anti-persecution charity, Open Doors.
According to research by Open Doors, Christian women, like Amira, are vulnerable to persecution and targeted for both their faith and gender.
Their suffering is often unseen and ignored by those around them.
The charity has called for the UK government to do more for women who are persecuted for their faith.
Open Doors CEO Henrietta Blyth said: "It is important that the UK government recognises that for women like Amira her persecution and her gender are inextricably linked.
"That is why we are asking people to sign a handmade petition, which we are presenting to the UK government in November 2019 during the Prevention of Violence in Sexual Conflict Conference."
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