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The teenage Christian convert who ran away to Orlando last summer will find out today if she can avoid deportation. Rifqa Bary (17) is in the country illegally from Sri Lanka.

Rifqa Bary and her family are awaiting a judge's ruling in Ohio. She wants to receive special immigration status that would allow her to stay in the US. Her attorneys say she has uterine cancer, US media reports said.

Bary made headlines last year when she hopped on a bus and came to Orlando to run away from her Muslim parents after converting to Christianity.

"I hid my Bible in my house," she said. "I would wake up in the middle of the night and cry out to God in a bathroom."

The teen argued that she was afraid she would be killed for leaving Islam.

"I'm fighting for my life," Bary said. "You guys don't understand."

But a judge in Orlando refused to rule on whether she should be returned to her parents saying it was out of his jurisdiction. The teenager was sent back to Ohio where she's been living with a foster family. The immigration status of her parents is unclear. Bary turns 18 next week.
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  • ygen Friday, 06 August 2010 10:04 AM

    a good selling point to make trouble between Muslims and Christian. I hope judge know what she wants(VISA)

    Shovini Friday, 06 August 2010 04:26 AM

    Rifaq you have chosen the correct path and God will see you through. I am sure He has great plans for you.

    Lankan Friday, 06 August 2010 05:06 AM

    we are not interested in this. we have wagon loads of burning issues in our country and why are people crying so much about conversion?

    Ruki Friday, 06 August 2010 05:21 AM

    seems like a nice plan to remain in the US. lol


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