The persecution of Christians has intensified in at least four countries worldwide, increasing the number of nations where believers endure harsh suffering from six to 10 in just two years, according to the Christian persecution watchdog organization Aid to the Church in Need U.K. The organization has released a report titled “Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-2015” that reveals the rapid growth of Christian persecution in nations such as China, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia within the last two years.
The report was presented to the Parliament’s House of Lords last week and was compiled by ACNUK members John Pontifex, John Newton and Clare Creegan. “Over [the] last 48 months the situation [for Christians] has become worse in countries including, China and Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria. These are countries that show a massive deterioration of the position for Christians and indeed other minorities,” said Pontifex, who discussed the document with Vatican radio last week. FULL REPORT