Christians under threat, major report reveals

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed a report on Christian persecution as “a voice for the voiceless, from their prison cells and the places far from home where they have sought refuge”.

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’, a report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-2015 is a major report by Aid to the Church in Need which assesses the plight of Christians in 22 countries. Drawing on testimony from witnesses of persecution, the report shows why Christians are the world’s most persecuted faith group.

It shows how the Church in the Middle East is threatened by religiously-motivated ethnic cleansing by Islamist militants; the effects of the subsequent exodus of Christians from their ancient biblical heartland means that Christianity could disappear from Iraq within five years. It also reveals how militant Islamist groups in Nigeria, Sudan and elsewhere in Africa is destabilising the Christian presence on the continent that has for some time looked like Christianity’s brightest hope for the future, and relates how totalitarian regimes such as those in China and North Korea have put Christians under pressure due to the perception that Christianity is linked to the West, which is believed to be corrupt.