According to a recent study, in the year 2016 alone, 90,000 Christians have been killed. As we read in a report:
continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over
90,000 followers of Christ being killed in the last year, according to
prominent Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne.
In an interview with Vatican Radio,
Introvigne, the founder of the independent Center for Studies on New
Religions based in Turin, Italy, cited statistics compiled by the Center
for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
for a annual report that is expected to be released next month.
said that there are between 500 to 600 Christians throughout the world
that can’t profess their faith in Christ freely without fear of
over 90,000 Christians have been killed in the past year, which equates
to one death every 6 minutes on average, Introvigne added.
total number of Christians killed in 2016 has actually decreased from
last year’s findings of about 105,000, Introvigne relayed, adding that
70 percent of the Christians killed this year were slain in tribal
conflicts in Africa. The other 30 percent was killed in terror attacks,
government persecution and attacks on Christian villages across the
61-year-old explained that Christians killed in the tribal conflicts
were included in the study’s total because many cannot, in good
conscience, take up arms.
Introvigne believes that Christians are the most persecuted religious
group in the world, he admitted that the center’s 90,000 estimate is a
bit more liberal than other organizations’ statistics on Christian
Doors USA, which releases an annual report on persecuted Christians
across the globe and provides a detailed global ranking of worst
countries to live as a Christian, estimates that only 7,000 Christians
were killed for their faith this year, according to Open Doors Director
of Communications Emily Fuentes.
this is an extremely conservative estimate, as we only track those we
have confirmed details about name, location, etc,” she told The
Christian Post in an email on Friday. “There are likely many more.”
the past several years, we have seen a rise in violence in many African
countries. However, our findings note that most violence against
Christians worldwide is due to Islamic extremism,” she added. “In
African nations, we see large numbers of Christians killed by groups
like Boko Haram or al-Shabab, but tribal antagonism also plays a large
role in persecution of Christians.”