My dad gave me a copy of Rifqua Bary’s story, Hiding in the Light, last year, and I just now got around to reading it. It’s the true story of Bary’s escape from her Ohio home at age 16 and the events leading and following her flight.
Bary was born into a very conservative Muslim family in Sri Lanka and moved to the United States as a young girl. She suffered physical, sexual, and verbal abuse at the hands of her family, and at the age of 12 she met Jesus. After her conversion, she managed to hide her new faith for four years, but when her father found out, he threatened to kill her. It was then that Bary fled to Florida and found refuge in the home of new friends. A dramatic and public court battle ensued which led to Bary returning to Ohio in foster care and finally ended when she turned 18. And although the court battle has ended, Rifqua still lives in relative anonymity to protect her physical safety.
Hiding in the Light is a well written story and a quick read (I finished it in one day… even with interruptions from little children!). The author has an incredible testimony of faith in Christ and her’s is a story well worth reading.