Rosaline Costa heard people tell her “be careful” so often she decided that she had to flee her native Bangladesh for the United States to stay alive.
Costa, 67, a Catholic, has been the editor of Hotline Bangladesh for 30 years. The monthly newsletter chronicles corruption, crime, terror and religious violence in the nation, which borders India to the east.
But now Costa is in New York City, figuring out how she can get Hotline Bangladesh published nearly half a world away.
Costa left Bangladesh in July. She has been staying with two nephews and a niece, each of whom left Bangladesh themselves a year ago after they had been harassed and threatened.
The niece’s Muslim uncle was trying to force her into marrying him, Costa told Catholic News Service on Tuesday during a visit to Washington. One nephew was taken to a mosque and told to convert to Islam under fear of death.
The other nephew, a promising art student, was followed by Muslims and told to convert – and then to join their number so he could help similarly “recruit” others.
“After that, I did not allow him to go to the university anymore for classes,” Costa said.
What happened to her kin, according to Costa, is a microcosm of what is happening to Christians throughout the country, as the police and judicial system are either too weak to deter such criminality or indifferent to it.
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