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More than 215 million Christians worldwide face heavy persecution, recent study says


A recent study reveals that more than 215 million Christians are facing ‘heavy persecution,’ across the globe. The report elucidated that majority of Christians undergoing persecution, reside in the Middle East. In keeping with the details, it was revealed that Christians can safely be called the most persecuted group based upon religion.

Christian persecution worldwide

Open Doors-USA has conducted study; revealing the upsetting fact that worldwide, one in 12 Christians today are experiencing ‘high, very high or extreme persecution for their faith.” The study says that in the list of cause for Christian persecution, topmost cause is “Islamic extremism.”

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At the same time, a list of top 10 countries was provided where Christians face most religion based persecution. These countries listed as top 10 most hostile countries towards Christians are: North Korea, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Eritrea.

The group placed Egypt at number 21, in this list. This report was based upon incidents that occurred from November 1, 2015, to October 31, 2016. This report did not include data from North Korea and large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The report detailed that “a total of 1,329 churches attacked worldwide for faith-related reasons, with 600 of those attacks in Pakistan alone.”

Open Doors placed Egypt at number 21 in this list. Recently, on Palm Sunday April 9, two churches in different cities in Egypt were attacked by the terrorists, where at least 46 people were killed and dozens injured. Terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.