260 Million Christians Experience ‘High Levels of Persecution’

Light of the World, William Holman Hunt
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Open Doors published its World Watch List 2020 and reported that, every day, eight Christians are killed for their faith and 23 Christians are raped or sexually harassed. Every week, there are attacks against 182 Christian churches or buildings, and 102 Christian homes, shops or businesses are destroyed. The most acute persecution occurs in North Korea, but Afghanistan is close behind. North Korea’s persecution is driven by a virulent atheistic Communist ideology which views Christians as traitors of the state because their allegiance is to God, instead of Kim Jong Un. Currently, some 50,000 to 75,000 Christians live inside North Korea’s massive prison system where starvation and physical and mental abuse are part of their sentence. Other countries that have a high rate of persecuting Christians include Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, and India. -GEG

Christian persecution around the globe reached an unprecedented level at the end of 2019, with over 260 million Christians facing “high levels of persecution,” Open Doors revealed Wednesday.

In its World Watch List 2020, Open Doors notes that one in 8 believers around the world suffers serious levels of persecution, while providing an in-depth look at the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian.

In a nutshell, the new report reveals, every day, eight Christians are killed because of their faith and 23 Christians are raped or sexually harassed; every week, 182 Christian churches or buildings are attacked and 102 Christian homes, shops or businesses are attacked, burned, or destroyed; every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly.

The most acute persecution of Christians occurs in North Korea, the report found, but Afghanistan is close behind in the number two slot.

In the case of North Korea, persecution is driven by a virulent atheistic Communist ideology which views the estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians as traitors of the state because their allegiance is to God, not supreme leader Kim Jong Un. Moreover, they also form part of the lowest “hostile class” in the country’s social stratification system called Songbun.

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