365 Million Christians at Risk Worldwide in 2024

Jan 19, 2024 | 0 comments

‘Open Doors’ Web Page

Christians face “very strong” persecution in 78 countries worldwide, up from 76 last year – according to the NGO Open Doors – which records rising religious persecution worldwide.

There is a threat of further population movement in Africa as a result. More than 365 million Christians — or one in seven — face extreme persecution worldwide. This is a new record.

While North Korea is reckoned the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, most Christian deaths in 2023 occurred in Nigeria, where an estimated 4,118 Christians were killed in the period 1 Oct 2022 to 30 Sept 2023.

Many of the deaths in Nigeria were at the hands of Fulani herders whose livelihood has been endangered by climate change in Africa. There is a fear of further population movement towards Europe as a consequence.

Other countries in which Christians died as a result of persecution were: Congo (261), India (160), Uganda (55), Myanmar (34) and Burkina Faso (31).


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