The rate in the persecution of Christians all over the world kept increasing day by day, the numbers of Christians affected by high rate of persecution jumped from 245 million to 260 million last year as top 50 countries were been identified as most worst place for believers.
These countries were revealed in the annual world watch list by Open Doors USA who is saddled with issues related to the persecution of Christians all over the world.
It was recorded that Islamic extremism is one of the major influencer of persecution all over the world in the top 10 countries where North Korea maintained the number one spot for 18 consecutive year, next is Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Iran and India.
Report from Open Doors shows that in a day, eight Christians were killed for their faith while 23 Christians were raped or sexually harassed in faith-related violence each day last year. While 276 Christians homes are been ruined and average of 182 are forcefully close down. Some Christians still dwells in a place where they have to endure high levels of persecution for their faith.
Another category on the Open Doors list reveals top 10 countries where Christians face the most violence, where five of the most countries for Christians are located in the Sahel, a horizontal of semiarid grazing areas and farmland located between the Sahara Desert and the African savannah. Pakistan tops the list followed by Nigeria, Egypt, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cameroon, India, Mali and Sri Lanka.
While Nigeria top the country with country where Christians were martyred with 1,350 Christians, followed by Central African Republic with 924, Sir Lanka with 200, Democratic Republic of Congo has 152, South Sudan with 100, Burkina Faso- 50, Egypt – 23, Pakistan – 20, a withheld name – 20 and Colombia – 16
China tops the category where Churches were attacked with 5,576 churches closed down among others.
In this new report China’s communist regime has ramped up its targeting of Christians so much that the country jumped from number 43 in 2018 to 23, with some much regulations and extensive surveillance mechanism to watch Christians.
“China is building what I think is a blueprint, a road map of persecution for other regimes around the world,” Curry said. “And they’re doing it with surveillance with a social score that measures Christian behavior, attending church, taking your children to Sunday school, as a negative thing.”
“And they’re taking that social score and melding it with surveillance, not just on the street to protect citizens, but an invasive surveillance inside the churches. And they’re shutting down house churches that won’t comply and others as well, arresting pastors that won’t play along with their surveillance system,” as explained by George Thomas, CBN News Senior International Correspondent.