With the economy in his Middle Eastern country in tatters and his wife leaving him, Mohammad* saw no hope for himself or his young daughter.
He was bitter, though not surprised, about his wife abandoning not only him but their 9-year-old daughter; his ex had always been emotionally unstable, and she had made it clear that she wanted to erase her past and start over entirely. He spent most nights drinking the memory of her into oblivion.
His daughter was largely uncared for during the day as well, when he would look for odd jobs, usually without success.
“They were very poor, and when he took out a loan, he spent it on alcohol and other nasty habits. Then he came to Turkey as a refugee and decided to repent of these bad habits and return to his Shiite religion,” said a native of that area of Turkey, undisclosed for security reasons, who works for a Christian ministry. “Yet he admitted that he found no peace in his heart from any devotion to his old religion. He felt sure he would suffer a lot of penalties for living such a wicked life. He was sure he would be sentenced to hell, and that there was no hope for him.”