Regrettably, persecution is on the rise., 2014 marked one of the worst years of Christian persecution in decades, if nor centuries. Across the world, it’s estimated more than 100 million Christians suffer for their faith, and increasingly, those persecuted for their faith live in Sub-Saharan Africa. No region saw more growth in levels of persecution over 2014 nor have higher projections for devastating attacks in 2015. Consider helping ICC meet this growing need by donating to our Hand of Hope Africa Fund.
01/11/2014 Africa (Breitbart) – According to the newly released World Watch List for 2015, nine out of the top ten countries where Christians suffer “extreme persecution” have populations that are at least 50% Muslim.
The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of the 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe. It is compiled by Open Doors USA, a human rights organization which has monitored Christian persecution worldwide since the 1970s.
The 2015 report found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”
The Watch List states that in the world today each month, on average, 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 Christian churches and properties are destroyed, and 772 acts of violence occur against Christians.
The ten worst countries for Christian persecution are, in descending order, North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea, and Nigeria.
Somalia, with its 99.8% Muslim population, ranks second on the Watch List and has only a few hundred Christians. In Somalia, Islamic religious leaders publicly maintain that there is no room for Christianity, Christians, or churches in Somalia, a view “upheld and reinforced” by government officials. In the country’s very recent history, Muslim converts to Christianity have often been killed on the spot when discovered.