Fathima Rifqa Bary, born on August 10, 1992,〔 is a U.S. resident of Sri Lankan origin from the Sri Lankan Moor community who drew international attention in 2009 when she ran away from her Ohio home, at age 16, saying that her Muslim parents were going to kill her for becoming a Christian.〔(【引用サイトリンク】publisher=Florida Department of Law Enforcement )〕 Her story was broadcast on TV and discussed on partisan blogs.〔 It became a focal point in a culture clash between Evangelical Christians and Muslims.〔
According to Rifqa Bary, she is the daughter of Mohamed and Aysha Bary. she claimed that Her parents initially came to the U.S. to seek medical care for Rifqa after she became blind in her right eye.〔 She grew up in the Columbus suburb of New Albany with her older brother Rilvan and her younger brother Rajaa. She and Rilvan attended New Albany High School. At the school Rifqa was a Straight A Student, a cheerleader, and a member of the track and field team. During her spare time she wrote poetry and took guitar lessons.〔(Parents of US teen convert brace for tough fight )〕 Bary's parents have said that they are Muslims and pray five times a day.〔 Her attorney, John Stemberger, who is the leader of a Christian advocacy group,〔 claimed that the Bary family were members of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC), near Columbus.〔 In an official statement, NICC denied it was familiar with Rifqa Bary or her family and stated that their records showed she attended the cultural center's Sunday School only three times in 2007.
She claimed to have Rifqa became a Christian in 2005 when she was 12. In July 2009, she claimed to have been secretly baptized in Big Walnut Creek, at Hoover Dam Park by her mentor and friend Brian Michael Williams, an aspiring pastor and college student while her family was not at home. Rifqa eventually became a member of Columbus Korean United Methodist Church.〔
Rifqa claimed that In July 2009 she ran away from her parents' home to the home of Orlando, Florida Christian pastor Blake Lorenz and his wife, Beverly with whom Rifqa had communicated on Facebook. Rifqa had told Beverly Lorenz that her parents would kill her for converting to Christianity. Williams drove her to a bus station where a ticket was purchased under an assumed name for her bus ride to Orlando, Florida. Bary lived with the Lorenzes for 10 to 21 days (reports vary)〔 before they contacted child welfare authorities, though Florida law required that they contact authorities within 24 hours of receiving Rifqa into their home.
Her case drew attention when she appeared on television and declared that her father said, "He would kill me or send me back to Sri Lanka," describing herself as the intended victim of an honor killing.〔
Her parents said they never threatened to harm her. Her father, a jewelry salesman who travels to weekend trade shows in the south and midwest,〔 told a reporter that, "Honestly, we didn't know why she left." Regarding the death threat described by his daughter, he said, "She doesn't know what she's talking about," and, "I want her to come back home. I love my daughter whether she's Christian, or anything else. I want my daughter back."
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