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