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Rescuing Ex-Muslims: Leaving Islam

VICE News meets a network of ex-Muslims based in London, helping others who have left Islam, as they escape imprisonment, violence, forced marriage, kidnapping, exclusion, and ostracization from their communities and families.

by VICE News
Feb 10 2016, 3:14pm

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 who help rescue ex-Muslims. We follow the network as it helps a young atheist escape Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and provides support and shelter for young British people on the run from their families and communities.

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