Persecuted Christians now number more than 100 million all over the world.
According to a new report, this poignant fact was revealed that the number of persecuted Christians all over the world has increased more than 100 million. The report further asserts that even non-violent persecution of Christians has increased, amid ongoing violence.
David Curry- President of the California-based Open Doors USA says, “Even Christian-majority states are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence.” Open Doors has instrumentally worked to help and support persecuted Christians for over 60 years. The Open Doors USA’s 2015 World Watch List shows “a staggering number of Christians are becoming victims of intolerance and violence because of their faith.” This gloomy list ranks the 50 countries where it is most risky and difficult to live as a Christian. The report delineates persecution as “any hostility experienced as a result of one’s identification with Christ”. Persecution may include imprisonment, torture, beheadings, rape, and loss of home property or other assets. Moreover, at some instances Christians “are being forced to be more secretive about their faith”.
According to this report, North Korea ranks first among this list; termed as the worst country for anti-Christian persecution, where according to rough estimate at least 70,000 Christians are imprisoned for their faith. Second position is allocated to Somalia; Iraq clinches the third position where the rise of the Islamic State has tremendously added to the suffering of Iraqi Christians. Syria ranks fourth where civil war and ISIS have devastated the civilians. Following at fifth position is Afghanistan where increase in religion based persecution is evident. At six Sudan while at seventh is Iran followed by Pakistan at number eight. Eritrea and Nigeria are also among the list of top ten worst countries for Christians to live in. India ranks twenty first in the list, where Christians are facing persecution from Islamic as well as Hindu fundamentalists. Additionally, Open Doors USA also illustrates religion based problems in Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and India.