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Understanding Persecution

Sources of Persecution

Marxism

In communist countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea, Christians are targeted because they vest their faith in the Lord and not the Marxist regimes.

Islam

Fundamentalist Islam is very intolerant toward other faiths, and in radical Muslim countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Indonesia, Christians suffer greatly. This ranges from job discrimination to the abduction, rape, and forced conversion of Christian women. Persecution is most violent in these countries and often includes the imprisonment and murder of Christians.

Cultural

Christian persecution also occurs as a result of social and cultural discrimination. Human beings in general are afraid and intolerant of that which is different. In places like India, Christians are discriminated against, denied employment, physically attacked, and sometimes even murdered.

Saving the Next Generation

Radical Islamic militant groups such as Boko Haram and Fulani militants have decimated Christian communities throughout northern Nigeria. In the last 17 years, 35,000 to 60,000 Christians have been murdered by these groups, while another 2 million people have been displaced.

Types of Persecution

Direct

Arrests Imprisonment / Torture

Assassination Martyrdom

Attacks on Life & Property

Restrictions on Churches & Bibles

Forced Conversion

Crimes Against Women

Indirect

Educational Discrimination

Job Discrimination

Denial of Rights

Legal Restrictions

Surviving Genocide

ISIS has viciously attacked Christians throughout Iraq, displacing more than 100,000 Christians. ISIS militants executed many Christian men during their raids and kidnapped women and young girls and forced them into sexual slavery. ISIS offered three choices to those who survived or were spared: convert to Islam, leave, or remain and pay a tax to live. Many families chose to leave.

Spreading the Word

Social Media: 900,000+ followers

ICC utilizes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to create communities of believers who will pray and raise awareness for the persecuted.

Weekly Persecution Updates

Our weekly Persecution Digest emails will keep you updated on ICC news stories, prayer needs, and the status of projects.

Free Monthly Magazine, Persecution

There is nothing like our free monthly magazine on persecution that brings you news, articles, testimonials, and stories about the persecuted Church.

Social Boycotts

Indian Christians have experienced a massive outpouring of cultural persecution.

Where It’s Happening

Ending Generational Persecution

Most people think persecution is only when a pastor is killed or imprisoned. Actually, persecution is a very systematic and multi-dimensional problem that involves generational poverty, massive educational deficits, job discrimination, denial of basic legal rights, lack of access to legal aid, etc.

Multi Generation Systemic Persecution