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Persecution and discrimination against Christians

Persecution of Christians Skyrockets Worldwide as 360 Million Oppressed

Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List brings much-needed attention to courageous Christians around the world who suffer because of their faith.

Released on January 17, the annual World Watch List is a ranking of 50 countries where severe persecution and discrimination against Christians prevail.

According to the report, more than 360 million Christians face severe persecution and discrimination for their faith. The number of Christians who have been killed for their faith has also risen by 80% in the last five years.

The majority of these killings – 90% – have occurred in Nigeria. As militant Islamist groups use violence to advance political and ideological objectives, persecution against Christians is most severe in the north, though enforced islamisation is gradually spreading toward the south.

One-in-five of the world’s persecuted Christians live in Africa, and according to the report, "Violence against Christians in Sub-Saharan Africa has reached new heights."

While in Asia, the Chinese Communist Party’s model for controlling Christian communities is expanding to other countries. According to the report, "Countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malaysia have headed down this same authoritarian path, joining Central Asian states like Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Russia." (FN / VFI News)

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” - Proverbs 3:3

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