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A civil society organization said a young man has escaped his from hometown for fear of conscription into the Islamic religion.

The man escaped from Tusu, his hometown in Lofa County.

Speaking to our correspondent in Lofa County on October 30, 2017, the executive director of Voice of Marginalized Women and Men, Edith Sumowuo identified the man as Sekoua Dukuly.

She alleged that the victim was forced to leave his home late evening on January 11, 2016 as a result of a report that his uncle forced him to attend Islamic prayers to his dislike because he is a Christian.

Mrs Sumowuo added that Sekoua was left to the care of his uncle in Tusu in Lofa County after both parents (mother and father) died. It is not clear as to whether both of them died from the Ebola virus disease that claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 people in 2014.

The Ebola virus disease, according to Liberian health authorities, entered Liberia from a border town in Guinea. In 2014, the virus reportedly hit Lofa County which is one of the counties that is located along Liberian-Guinea border.

According to the local civil society organization that advocates for the rights of people in the area, Sekoua`s parents had left him to the care of his uncle who on several occasions had attempted to conspire with others to force him pray five times a day to the dismay of his nephew.

“We remembered that Sekoua had informed us before that he has no other family member in the country except his little brother. He said his uncle has been forcing him to pray the Muslim prayers to his dislike because he is a Christian. His parents were converted Christians before their deaths,” the civil society group executive director said.

The spokesperson in the area further alleged that since the early part of January he was forced to flee the area to an unknown destination for fear of death threat from his uncle and his collaborators.

“He fled the community for fear that his life was threatened by the Muslims in the area. Death threats and violence were meted against him several times by this uncle and others, and currently his whereabouts is unknown,” she implored.

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