Nigerian Man Put in Mental Hospital for Being an Atheist Finally Released, but Now Faces Death Threats July 3, 2014

Nigerian Man Put in Mental Hospital for Being an Atheist Finally Released, but Now Faces Death Threats

Mubarak Bala is the Nigerian atheist who was being held in a mental hospital for the “crime” of being an atheist:

Mubarak Bala, taking a hospital selfie with a smuggled smartphone

You’ll be happy to know that he’s finally been released… but things haven’t gotten any better.

“People are threatening me, I mean life-threatening threats,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He said he was too frightened of drawing attention and wouldn’t allow an AP video journalist or photographer to come to his hiding place.

Bala said that since he renounced Islam and declared himself an atheist, he has not only lost the trust of his father and elder brother, but many friends.

“Most of my friends condemn me and tell me I am bound for hell and that in an Islamic state, I would be killed. Blasphemy is a serious thing here,” said Bala, who describes himself on his Twitter page as an ex-Muslim.

Bala is trying to get out of northern Nigeria, but first, he wants to reconcile with his family — as much as he can, anyway. The report says they at least a bit apologetic. But considering his father works for a group that “enforces Islamic Shariah law,” I’m not very optimistic.

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