400 million Christians live in countries where churches are persecuted


by Karen Faulkner, Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Over 400 million Christians live in countries that persecute churches, ACS-Italia, the Italian chapter of Aid to the in Need, has assessed. The data also shows persecution of believers around the world is worsening, the Post (CP) reports.

In an interview with , Alessandro Monteduro, director of ACS-Italia, said around 416 million Christians live in “lands of persecution,” CP reports. “I want to clarify that ‘living in lands of persecution’ does not mean ‘persecuted,’ but living in a land of persecution, however,
exposes you daily to risks that may arise due to the behavior of the persecutors,” Monteduro said.

Monteduro also told Vatican News that Christians are especially suffering in parts of the world where Islamic extremists have embedded themselves and are progressing murderous campaigns against believers. “Across , from sub-Saharan Africa to East Africa, there are at least a couple of dozen organizations that have the ambition, from their point of view, to install caliphates in their territories,” Monteduro said.

Monteduro specifically mentioned the increased deadly persecution against Christians in , Myanmar and , Niger, Chad, Mali, Cameroon, and . Monteduro also referenced Burkina Faso, which until 2015 was known for peaceful coexistence between diverse communities: “60% of the country is no longer reachable in order to help the populations on a humanitarian level,” he said.

While the plight of believers around the world is well documented, it has been met with “too much indifference” from the international community, Monteduro said. There is no adequate “uproar” about the tragic violence and suffering being perpetrated against Christians, Monteduro attested.

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