A man in a dark sweater sitting in front of a long table.
Omar Makram, 32, is the founder of Ex-Muslims of Sweden. Credit: Nathalie Rothschild / Radio Sweden

Ex-Muslim turned atheist starts network in Sweden

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Radio Sweden has met Omar Makram, who started Sweden's first network for ex-Muslims after fleeing Egypt for fear of being tried under the country's blasphemy law.

Egypt's blasphemy law makes it a crime to insult Islam and after Makram, 32, abandoned the religion and became an atheist, he got in trouble with the authorities in Egypt, his home country.

Makram sought asylum in Sweden and received a residence permit this summer.

Inspired by the international ex-Muslim movement that has sprung up mainly in the West, Makram started posting videos on YouTube where he discusses secularism, atheism and the situation for ex-Muslims around the world.

Many others who had abandoned, or wanted to abandon, the religion got in touch with Makram and so he decided to start the group Ex-Muslims of Sweden, or Sveriges ex-muslimer.

Radio Sweden met Makram in Stockholm, where he is now living and learning Swedish.



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