Quotes taken from Leave Jesus or Go Unburied at Open Doors USA, posted by Emily F. You can read the entire article at this link.
If you have ever dealt with the loss of a loved one, you know that it is one of the most difficult things to go through. Not only are you grieving their loss, but there are a lot of small details to take care of as well. Funeral arrangements, the reading of a will and even figuring out where to bury them.
Persecuted Christians in Kyrgyzstan have to deal with all of this and then some…
When Bakyt [names have been changed for security], a local Kyrgyz believer, was dying of cancer, he was visited by three Moldo (Muslim leaders) from the local mosque. "If you do not leave your faith in Jesus," they told him, "we will not allow your family to bury you in the local cemetery."
After he passed away, his Christian brothers were forced to change his burial location three times! Each time they faced resentment from the local representatives of the mosque and were prohibited from burying him.
After two years, this situation has brought a great deal of bitterness and sorrow to his family, relatives and friends. “I never thought that there would be no place in our homeland to bury my husband,” his widow Sarah* later said.