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Canada More than 360 million persecuted Christians in the world, according to an NGO

03:40  20 january  2022
03:40  20 january  2022 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The Open NGO publishes each year a "global index" of the persecution of Christians, counting the attacks, of the "discreet daily oppression" to " The most extreme violence "

Une église orthodoxe à Bucarest (image d'illustration). © Daniel Mihailescu / AFP An Orthodox Church in Bucharest (image of illustration). Religion - The Open NGO publishes each year a "global index" of the persecution of Christians, identifying the attacks, from the "discreet daily oppression" to the "most extreme violence"

because of their faith , More than 360 million Christians were "strongly persecuted and discriminated" in the world in 2021, according to the annual report of the open doors , published on Wednesday, which reveals that Afghanistan is the most miscarriage.

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"The persecution reaches a record level, in a context of the global health crisis, to the power of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the dive into the horror for Christians victims of jihadists in sub-Saharan Africa," said Patrick Victor, Director of Doors Open France and Belgium, at a press point Wednesday.

A constant increase for nine years

This Protestant NGO publishes a "global index" of the persecution of Christians, recognizing all attacks, ranging from "discreet daily oppression" to "most extreme violence". Between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, it is "more than 360 million Christians" - Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, etc., from 76 countries - which were "strongly persecuted and discriminated" , against 340 million in 2020, she note. The persecution has been constantly rising for 9 years. In 2021, 5,898 Christians were killed, an increase of 24% compared to the previous year where 4,761 cases had been recorded. Eight Christians killed in ten have been in Nigeria.

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In addition, the total number of closed churches, attacked, destroyed increased to 5.110 last year, compared to 488 in 2020. China alone contributes to 59% of the closures. This country now prolongs its work of mape in all discretion using the health crisis (...). The maneuver is simple (...): The churches are closed at the same time as the other places welcoming the public during confines. Then, the authorities benefit from officially declare (their) closing ", according to the NGO.

Nigeria and Pakistan, "Sad Champions"

Open House also notes an increase in "44% of the number of Christians held because of their faith" (4.277 cases recorded in 2020, 6,175 cases in 2021). India (1.310), Pakistan (at least 1,000 estimated inmates) and China (at least 1,000 estimated inmates) are the first three. Finally, 3,829 Christians were kidnapped, according to the "prudent" estimates of the NGO. Nigeria and Pakistan are the "sad champions". All persecutions confused, Afghanistan has become at the top of this annual ranking, destroying North Korea, in 2nd position. Follow Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Eritrea, Nigeria. In Afghanistan, the persecution took "a new dimension with the outlet of the Taliban," says the NGO.

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"The Taliban put their hands on documents to identify some converts to Christianity. They sought them actively. The converted men are killed on the spot, women or girls raped, or forcibly married to young Taliban, "said Guillaume Guennec, another open door manager. According to him, difficult to know "how many were killed, but it was not common measure with the previous years". The NGO also alerts the situation of India, where "Hindus extremists use social networks (...) to disseminate false information and calls to violence against religious minorities", contributing to the "climate of intolerance " Open House, Partner of Open Doors International, exists in France since 1976.

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