Photograph depicts a woman in Saudi Arabia whose mouth and eye were sewn shut because she professed her Christian faith. See Example(s)
Collected via e-mail, April 2015
In April 2014 several blogs published the above displayed photograph depicting an unidentified woman with injuries of an indeterminate origin. At the time of its April 2014 circulation, the photograph was described as documenting of the persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia; one iteration titled “See the Unforgivable Thing Muslims Did to This Girl Because She Believes in Jesus” reported that the woman’s eye and mouth had been sewn shut as punishment because she proclaimed herself to be a Christian:
A young woman working in Saudi Arabia had her eye sewn shut this weekend after she proclaimed that she was a Christian.
Sharia law in Saudi Arabia outlaws any speech that dissents from Islam. The woman proclaimed, “Jesus is my
savior” — aphrase that’s considered abominable in Saudi Arabia.
President Obama has chosen to stay neutral from this issue, but these Christians need a voice.
The details of the backstory attached to the image varied as the photograph circulated online. Western Journalism reported the woman’s purported attackers “did not use a sterile plastic thread or even just an ordinary one that happened to be lying
The seething hatred of some Muslims for Christians knows no bounds. The strict speech codes imposed in Saudi Arabia on people who dare to dissent from Islam are an outrage. We think campus speech codes imposed by leftists in the US can be strict, but they are nothing compared to the suppression of civil liberties that is occurring in some Islamic countries.
Saudi authorities were outraged when a young girl courageously said â€œJesus Christ, peace be upon him, is a personal Savior.” If she said that in an American public school, there might be few snickers among some of the kids in the classroom (and maybe even a condescending smile from the teacher); but in Saudi Arabia, such statements of faith in Christ are considered to be abominable.
However, the online spread of this photograph in April 2014 was not its first appearance on the Internet. On
A simple reverse image search leads to an even earlier appearance of this photograph on the Internet, dated