Maja is no immigrant, she's a Muslim convert. But in the febrile atmosphere in Hungary ahead of Sunday's referendum on refugees, she says her religion has made her a target for abuse.

"We Hungarians are normally kind, friendly people. I don't know what is happening to us, but something is really not right now," the 33-year-old financial services employee told AFP.

"People say things all the time," the mother-of-one said in a phone interview. "Once I was knocked off a bicycle by a driver who said 'Why don't you back to the desert!'"

Only this week she was assaulted in broad daylight at a petrol station. She leaves her headscarf in the car when she goes to work or parent-teacher meetings for the sake of her son.

Read the complete original version of this item...