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Countries with the Worst Persecution of Christians

2 kids get killed in a school shooting in Texas, we all hear about it, thousands of Christians get killed annually for their faith, no secular media attention is received.

Name the top 13 countries with the most violent persecution, and the most severe persecution of Christians, according to Christianity Today.
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Last updated: February 20, 2020
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Violent
1
Pakistan
2
Nigeria
3
Egypt
4
Central African Republic
5
Burkina Faso
6
Colombia
7
Cameroon
8
India
9
Mali
10
Sri Lanka
11
Syria
12
Ethiopia
13
Libya
Severe
1
North Korea
2
Afghanistan
3
Somalia
4
Libya
5
Pakistan
6
Eritrea
7
Sudan
8
Yemen
9
Iran
10
India
11
Syria
12
Nigeria
13
Saudi Arabia
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Level 75
Feb 20, 2020
The report in Christianity Today makes fascinating, though depressing reading. Thank you.
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Level 73
Feb 20, 2020
Isn't it odd, though, that a few of the countries on the list are majority Christian (for example #6 most severe and #12 most violent)?
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2020
Nigeria isn't majority Christian (it has more Muslims), but Colombia surprised me.
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2020
I am surprised by Colombia.
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2020
This, in my mind, is one of the biggest issues going on in the world that no one talks about. People assume that the Middle East has always been 100% Muslim, but it hasn't by a long shot. Lebanon was majority Christian until fairly recently. Egypt and Syria had large Christian populations that are shrinking due to persecution. Turkey was about 25% Christian before WWI but is now 99.8% Muslim. Even Iraq used to have a lot of Christians. (If you live in the Detroit area you might meet some). Entire cultures are being erased and very few people in the West care.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
The process of cultural homogenization is quite old. The Chinese have been at it for centuries. Eastern Europe used to be a multicultural mosaic with Jews, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Poles, Belarussians, etc all living in the same area. Now Poland is one of the most unitary nations in Europe. In the last century, the process has sped up - first by nationalism and then by modern mass media. The Ottoman Empire was both tolerant and perpetuators of genocide but they did leave the Middle East as a diverse place of Jews, Christians, Muslims and other religous groups. As nation states replaced empire the same process that occurred in Eastern Europe occurer in the Middle East. Its unfortunate as the various groups contributed to human history (eg Assyrians) but its not unique to the Middle East nor to our lifetimes.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention in our own era the triggering events leading to cultural and religious cleasing in the Middle East is outside interference. In Iraq especially when the West attacked, Iraqi Christians were often viewed as part of the Christian West which was attacking Iraq; the same propagadna was used in Syria where both the West and Russian interferred.
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Level 28
Jul 24, 2020
This list is senseless, pakistan is quite safe for Christians
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Level 77
Aug 4, 2020
Are you a Christian living in Pakistan? Should I take your word for it?
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2020
Look up Asia Bibi and Pakistani blasphemy laws... people get sentenced to death for the most minor infractions. Pakistan is easily one of the most intolerant countries in the world, not just to Christians but also to Hindus and non-Sunni Muslims.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
Every list I've ever seen regarding religious persecution, Pakistan is near the top.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
I've always had the impression Pakistan was not a very tolerant place especially given the blasphemy laws. However, my Pakistani students claim there are quite a few churches operating freely "back home". Similar to many nations, people's experiences will vary depending on the area.
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2020
While I agree very much with the sentiment of the quiz, I'm not sure I agree with the first part of the description... gun violence is a real problem in America and while the media covers mass shootings frequently it fails to talk about the thousands that die due to many minor shootings. There are many things that the news media emphasizes that are completely unimportant (like news channels talking about Trump 24/7), but gun violence is not one of them. Otherwise though, I agree with QuizMaster and HinesBrothers that the way Christians (and indeed all religious and ethnic minorities) are treated in some Asian and African countries is horrific and needs more attention in the West.
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2020
Just to be clear, the point I'm trying to make is that anything that results in thousands of deaths every year deserves attention, regardless of whether it is gun violence, religious/ethnic intolerance, natural disasters/climate change, or something else. The news media spends way too much time talking about things that are of little to no consequence for anyone and they could definitely focus less on "first world" problems and more on actual issues that affect people globally.
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Level 61
Jan 10, 2023
You can make a point about persecution of Christians without the editorial comment minimizing gun violence in the US. I wouldn't characterize gun violence in the US--particularly in schools--as "of little to no consequence."

If your point is that the media spends too much attention to issues of relatively minor importance, why not reference Olivia Wilde-Harry Styles or Hunter Biden's laptop? The reference to school shootings is pointed.

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Level 38
Jun 22, 2021
Why Colombia? I just guessed countries near KSA, worked for me. Can someone explain why colombia is on his list
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2023
Possible FARC/leftist rebels attacking churches. Latin America still has both significant Catholic church influence on society and significant anti-clericalism in left-wing movements.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
On the other hand, Catholic clerics who practise Liberation Theology are often victims of right wing death squads
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2023
Thank you for this somber and important quiz.
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Level 61
Jan 10, 2023
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me."
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Level 53
Jan 10, 2023
I was surprised by Ethiopia - a long standing Christian country (Christianity was made the official religion in the 4th century) that is 67% Christian according to Wikipedia. Good quiz. Didn't get the comment about coverage of gun violence in the intro. U.S. has a problem with this - a significantly higher murder rate than any other developed country (no other developed country has a murder rate anywhere close to that of the U.S.). People should care about both issues.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
I'm struck by the absence of Israel. Perhaps the list is based on incident numbers for the violence category but Isrealis don't differiate between Christian and Muslim Palestines.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2023
As I read the linked article, I wondered if in some cases people were persecuted not necessarily for their faith. Apparently, Mexico was just outside the top 10 for violence against Christians but wouldn't this be more the case of communities fighting against the cartels? Similarly, in the CAR both Christians and Muslims kill each other but in many cases the motivation is tribal or war lordism and not religion.
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Level 59
Jan 10, 2023
Pray for these people, things will get worse...