Christians are undoubtedly the most persecuted group of people in the world. There are many places on earth where being a Christian is the most dangerous thing you can be. According to the most recent reports (Persecuted and Forgotten? and Persecution Trends 2018), Christians have faced increasing persecution in the past few years, and more are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution.

The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today than at any time in history.

While Christians in most countries face some form of persecution, the reports highlight some of the most notable countries where persecution is taking place now: China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Kenya, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines.

One of the worst offending countries is North Korea, where atrocities such as enforced starvation and abortion are being carried out against Christians. There are also reports of faithful being hung on crosses over a fire and others being crushed by steamrollers.

Western governments have utterly failed to address the plight of Christians around the world, though that is expected.

It is also important to note that persecution in some countries has increased as a direct result of only one individual in a place of influence. In India, for example, Christian persecution has risen sharply since the 2014 rise to power of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In China, where President Xi Jinping has described Christianity as “a foreign infiltration”, increased hostility to Church communities, accused of resisting government control, has resulted in the widespread removal of crosses from churches and the destruction of church buildings. Only a few days ago, Xi Jinping was essentially voted in as Chinese communist dictator-for-life – the situation for Christians in China will not improve any time soon.

Nigeria must also be highlighted here: Nigerian Christians are currently facing violent murders daily at the hands of Fulani tribesmen who have been armed by the government (see our article here).

One country that is not mentioned in the two reports is South Africa, where white farmers, many of whom are Christian, are being systematically murdered right now on their land. Please see our recent article for more information and details on how you can help immediately.

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