Kidnapping and forced conversions are constantly denied by Muslims. Why, then, are they still happening? "No compulsion in religion"? Apparently not if you're a non-muslim in Zanzibar:
Hamdan is a prominent radical Muslim who runs the group UAMSHO. He said, "We help educate the new converts and give them guidance on how to live as a good Muslim."
He wants to turn Zanzibar into what Afghanistan used to look like under the Taliban. The kind of island where sharia law – which includes punishments such as amputation, stoning, and beheading – would be the law of the land.
Hamdan explained, "Sharia law is the basis of all law. It allows us to render judgment based on the Koran against those who don't follow the laws of Allah."
The majority of Zanzibar's population, 97 percent, practices the Islamic faith. The remaining mix is a combination of Christian and Hindu. But Hamdan is not satisfied. He wants everyone on the island to convert to Islam.
Hamdan insisted, "We don't kidnap the Christian children and force them to convert to Islam. We only educate them on the ways of Islam once they have converted on their own."
Peter Ninja disagrees. For years, Ninja has tracked the activities of Hamdan. Today, he runs a ministry trying to rescue children like Joyce.
Ninja explained, "Their [UAMSHO] objective is to have as many good Muslims as possible who advocate the sharia. And, in doing so, they think they are doing a sacrifice to god, if they get as many of these children into their congregation [as they can]."
Several Christian girls have disappeared in recent years.
Read the rest of this one. This is one horrific story.