Christian Persecution: A Global Crisis

Farrukh Saif

May 20, 2024

Christian Persecution

The persecution of Christians has reached alarming levels globally, with Asia and Africa being the regions most affected. According to the World Watch List 2024 by Open Doors, an international NGO supporting persecuted Christians.

In Asia, two out of every five Christians face high levels of persecution and discrimination due to their faith, while in Africa, the situation is equally dire with one in five Christians experiencing similar mistreatment. The persecution of Christians has reached alarming proportions globally, with countries like Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, China and Sudan being among the top perpetrators.

Drivers of Persecution:

The drivers of Christian persecution vary, ranging from religious extremism and authoritarianism to institutional weaknesses and social intolerance fueled by hate speech. In some cases, the eradication of Christians and other minorities through violent means has been identified as the stated objective of extremist groups.

Devastating Consequences:

The consequences of this persecution are devastating. Millions of Christians have been displaced from their homes, with countless lives lost to kidnappings, imprisonment, and murder. The situation has worsened in recent years, with the number of countries experiencing extreme persecution rising from 11 to 13 compared to the previous year. Additionally, attacks on churches and Christian properties have skyrocketed, with over 14,000 incidents recorded in 2023, a sevenfold increase from the previous year.

Call for Action:

While the situation is grim, there is a call for upholding universal human rights and bringing perpetrators to justice. The challenge lies not only in creating just legal systems but also in implementing them effectively to protect the fundamental freedoms of all individuals, regardless of their religious beliefs.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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