Persecution of Christians: Recent Overview Reports Detail

Persecution of Christians: Recent Overview Reports detail a deteriorating picture

May 6, 2018 By sinetortus

“In terms of the numbers of people involved,

the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact,

it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history.”

 

So began the presentation by Aid to the Church in Needof their most recent global overview report on Christian persecution  Persecuted & Forgotten? – A Report on Christians Oppressed for their Faith.

This report went on to point out that not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution.

An especially notable example was China where intolerance was on the rise, as evidenced by a renewed clampdown on dissident clergy and the destruction of churches as well as crosses and other Christian symbols.

Saudi Arabia, was also singled out in the report as a country where a long-established pattern of some of the world’s worst oppression remained unchanged.

Elsewhere, in countries such as Syria and Iraq, the worsening situation facing Christians was primarily related to the impact of a surge in violence and intimidation which had peaked in preceding years, namely 2013-15. In both of these countries and in certain others, the overall situation for Christians was worse than in the previous two years, even though by summer 2017 the violence had reduced markedly.

This relates to crucial factors showing the profound impact of persecution, especially the ensuing displacement of Christians, the political consequences of destabilization and the loss of morale among the Church communities.

At a time in the West when there is increasing media focus on the rights of people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality, it is ironic that in much of the secular media there should be such limited coverage of the massive persecution experienced by so many Christians.

The Report also concluded that:

  • In Iraq, the exodus of Christians is so severe that one of the world’s oldest churches is on course to all but disappear within three years unless there is dramatic change for the better.
  • This same exodus is threatening the survival of Christianity in parts of Syria including Aleppo, formerly home to one of the largest Christian communities in the whole of the Middle East.
  • ISIS and other Islamist militant groups have committed genocide in Syria and Iraq.
  • Governments in the West and the UN failed to offer Christians in countries such as Iraq and Syria the emergency help they needed as genocide got underway. If Christian organizations and other institutions had not filled the gap, the Christian presence could already have disappeared in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.
  • The defeat of ISIS and other Islamists in major strongholds of the Middle East offers the last hope of recovery for Christian groups threatened with extinction. Many would not survive another similar violent attack.
  • ISIS affiliate Boko Haram has carried out genocide against Christians in northern Nigeria.
  • Christians have suffered increased violence and oppression as a result of a rise in religious nationalism. In India, for example, persecution has risen sharply since the 2014 rise to power of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • In worst-offending North Korea, “unspeakable atrocities” against Christians include enforced starvation, abortion and reports of faithful being hung on crosses over a fire and others being crushed under a steamroller.

An executive summary and full report can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.churchinneed.org/persecution/

Another overview report has recently been presented by the Open Doors Organisation based in Santa Ana California

Among the chilling statistics presented are the following that

Every month

255 Christians are killed

104 are abducted

180 Christian women are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage

66 churches are attacked

160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned

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