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Christian Communities Face Increasing Persecution in 2024

The persecution of Christians should be a focus of governments all across the world that have commitments to human rights and religious freedom. 

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“Christian Communities Face Increasing Persecution in 2024,” Hungary Today, January 19, 2024:

Rampant violence against Christians has been reported by the Open Doors organization, that publishes the Christian Persecution Index every year. The index shows the extent to which religious hatred has deepened compared to previous periods, writes Magyar Nemzet.

It is 2024, and we are witnessing rampant violence,” expressed Markus Rode, head of the German Christian aid organization Open Doors.

Between October 2022 and September 2023, almost 5,000 Christians were killed for practicing their faith. However, the actual number may be much higher, but it is challenging to determine due to different conflicts, making it impossible to document all cases accurately.

The figures paint a bleak picture of the treatment of the followers of Christ, which numbers more than two billion people in total. Tens of thousands of people are being expelled, beaten, murdered, oppressed in labor camps and prisons worldwide.

In the year between October 2022 and September 2023, nearly 43,000 believers experienced physical violence or death threats.

Attacks on Christians’ homes have increased particularly rapidly. Compared to the same period last year, the number of such incidents rose by 371%, from around 4,500 to around 21,500.

Churches have also been attacked or closed down; in some cases, by extremists, but sometimes by governments themselves. The situation is most dramatic in countries such as China, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Angola. The situation in Latin America has also deteriorated particularly dramatically, most rapidly in Nicaragua, where the government is increasingly openly hostile to churches.

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