Being fed up with the discrimination and persecution he suffered as a religious minority in his own country, young Putrus George decided to emigrate, becoming a persecuted Arab instead.
Putrus said he decided to sacrifice a future among his family and countrymen to escape the discrimination targeting him and his beliefs. “Thankfully, everyone here respects me being a Christian – you don’t see people treated differently for that reason at all.”
“The decision to move freed me from particularly tedious forms of persecution,” said Putrus, “like sheikhs cursing Christians in every single Friday sermon. Coming here has let me experience new forms of harassment, like being called camel jockey and sand nigger, and officials removing me from airplanes because my arabness triggers anxiety.”
He added, “People here simply discriminate against me as they would against anyone from home. Immigration officials even treat me with the same contempt and give me the same looks of disgust as they give to Muslims. I never felt like I belonged in the Middle East, but at last, I finally feel like an Arab.”