Teenage Christian Convert Rejects Family Reunion
August 3, 2010 - 3:11 PMA judge is scheduled to hear arguments from a Christian convert who says a reunion with her Muslim parents is impossible before the girl's 18th birthday next week.
At a hearing Tuesday, Rifqa Bary is also expected to ask the Franklin County juvenile court judge for special immigration status to allow her to stay in the country.
The 17-year-old Bary is an undocumented immigrant from Sri Lanka who says she needs the status to continue medical treatment for uterine cancer.
Bary fled Ohio last year and stayed with a Florida minister she met on Facebook after alleging she could be hurt or killed for converting to Christianity.
Bary's Muslim parents deny she would have been harmed. Police found no evidence she was in danger in Ohio.
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