World Bulletin / News Desk
The Christian missioners from Scripture Union Britain and Ireland (SUBI) have targeted Crimean Muslims during its propaganda. They announce this at their Internet portal SUBI News.
The move aroused anxiety both among the Crimean Tatars living in Crimea and the compatriots living outside the boundary of the peninsula.
A famous veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement in emigration, head of the Crimean Tatar Research and Information Centre (North Bethesda, USA) Mubeiyyn Batu Altan told QHA news agency about the concerns of the Crimean Tatar Diaspora in the USA on this situation.
According to the information of SUBI News, for the past 6 years SU has run summer beach camps at Kezlev (Yevpatoriya), where they involved “several hundred Crimean Tatar young people”.
In particular, the Baptists “came across signs of a new vision in the churches to reach Tatars with the gospel”. SUBI News makes an example the activity of two “missionaries” who travel around nearby villages with a Christian library and have about 200 readers. Of these, 70% are Crimean Tatars and 50% of those are children and teenagers. Last year a few of those children were at the SU camp.
In another town in Crimea some other “missionaries” reconstructed an old house to make it “a cultural centre for Crimean Tatars" to preach about Christinity.
The Crimean Tatars are Turkic people who inhabited the Crimean peninsula, now a part of Ukraine, for over seven centuries. They established their own Khanate in the 1440s and remained an important power in Eastern Europe until 1783 under Ottoman ruling, when Russia occupied Crimea. During World War II, the entire Tatar population in Crimea fell victims to Stalin's oppressive policies.Last Mod: 10 Haziran 2010, 10:10