Africa sees the largest religion based persecution of Christians.
According to an annual report on religious freedom, approximately 5,000 Christians were killed while more than 1,000 churches were attacked due to faith-based targeting. This was the largest increase in Christian persecution.
According to the World Watch List (WWL) 2015 report released by Open Doors International this week, about 4,344 Christians were killed and 1,062 Christian churches attacked from Nov. 1, 2013 until Oct. 31, 2014. Moreover, casualties arising from Christian persecution doubled in 2014, noting that 2,123 Christian believers were killed in 2013.
As per the report, Middle East continues to be the most perilous region in the world for Christians to live in. The World Watch List 2015 has confirmed that several countries in sub-Saharan Africa are also witnessing the largest increase in Christian persecution. While, Nigeria ranks first among the list of faith-based targeting and killings. Nigeria accounted for a total of 2,484 Christian victims while Central African Republic follows where 1,088 Christians were killed. The ever increasing incidents of Christian killings portray the speedy worsening of the situation in sub-Saharan Africa largely because of Islamic extremism.
“The situation for Christians in Nigeria, particularly in the Northern provinces, has deteriorated since last year. With 78 points on the World Watch List 2015 (70 points on the World Watch List 2014), levels of pressure and violence against Christians are higher than ever,” the report stated.
The top 10 countries considered to be the most hostile to Christians in the last 12 months are: (1) North Korea; (2) Somalia; (3) Iraq; (4) Syria; (5) Afghanistan; (6) Sudan; (7) Iran; (8) Pakistan; (9) Eritrea; and (10) Nigeria.