Around the world, people who leave the faith of Islam face state persecution, imprisonment, torture, and even execution, as well as violence, death threats, and ostracization from their own communities.
Many ex-Muslims risk so-called honor killing, forced marriage, kidnap, and communal violence at the hands of their families for "bringing shame" on their community. In Western countries, ex-Muslims are often thrown out of the family and face isolation and exclusion.
VICE News has gained access to an underground network in London that helps rescue ex-Muslims, and provides support and shelter for young British people on the run from their families and communities.
In this excerpt, VICE News meets a former Muslim who fears that her family members could kill her if they found out about her atheism.