Netherlands-based Open Doors, which investigates the plight of prosecuted Christians, said Maria Asja Ahmed Mohammed was released early after serving nearly two years of her prison term.
“Ahmed’s brother Sayeed tried five times to kill Ahmed…In 2006 Sayeed also attacked Ahmeds wife and children. Maria managed to take a knife and stabbed her uncle just once, killing him instantly,” said Open Doors.
Following the incident, her grandparents reportedly demanded the death penalty for Maria and some $44.000 in ‘blood money’ compensation. “Ahmed en his family had to hide, while their daughter was send to a youth prison,” Open Doors told BosNewsLife in a statement.
“It was a difficult time,” said Ahmed in published remarks. “We wanted to visit Maria as much as we could. But it was difficult because of our financial situation and a lack of transport.”
While Maria was free Wednesday, November 12, the family was expected a difficult road of recovery. “There is still a chance that Maria’s uncles, aunts and grand parents want to take revenge on the girl, or her parents and brothers.” Ahmed reportedly considers to leave with his family to another area of the troubled country.
It comes at a time when thousands of Christians in northern Iraq have faced violence and threats from Islamic militants, forcing many to flee Iraq.