LONDON: A United States based organization publicizes concerns over persecution of Christians doubling every now and then.
Open Doors is a non-denominational group that extensively supports persecuted Christians worldwide said: it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said. According to Open Doors- a United States based organization: the reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world two times more in 2013 from the year before. Remarkably, Syria accounted for more than the sum total these cases around the globe in 2012, suggests an annual survey.
Frans Veerman- Head of research for Open Doors said: this is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm. The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line. The group further reported escalating violence against Christians in Africa saying: radicals were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list. Religious extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church.
Michel Varton-Head of Open Doors France said: failing states with civil wars or persistent internal tensions were often the most dangerous for Christians. In Syria, another war is thriving in the shadow of the civil war — the war against the church.
Astoundingly, 9 of the 10 countries termed as” dangerous for Christians” are Muslim-majority states- many of them engaged in conflicts and turmoil because of radical Islamists groups. Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia being exception still managed to sneak in at number because of its overall ban on practicing religious faiths other than Islam in the country. This frightening list of Christians killed for their faith included Syria as the top most followed by Nigeria with 612 cases last year after 791 in 2012. Pakistan was third with 88, up from 15 in 2012. Egypt ranked fourth with 83 deaths after 19 the previous year.
This disquieting report portrayed the “horrific violence often directed at Christians” in the Central African Republic but said: only nine deaths were confirmed last year because “most analysts still fail to recognize the religious dimension of the conflict.” These details lacked figures for killings in North Korea although said: Christians there faced “the highest imaginable pressure” and some 50,000 to 70,000 lived in political prison camps. “The God-like worship of the rulers leaves no room for any other religion,” stated the Open-Doors report. What’s more, the report added: There was now a strong drive to purge Christianity from Somalia and Islamist attacks on Iraqi Christians have been increasing in the semi-autonomous Kurdish north, formerly a relatively safe area for them.
Furthermore, Frans Veerman added: killings were only the most extreme examples of persecutions. Christians also face attacks on churches and schools, discrimination, threats, sexual assaults and expulsion from countries.