Christian Persecution has long been rampant throughout the world; currently there are 260 million people of faith who are experiencing ‘high levels of persecution.’ Further, Christians in Syria have been blocked from getting help from international organizations such as the United Nations.
According to a new report from Open Doors, one in eight Christians across the world suffer from persecution; furthermore, every day, eight Christians are killed because of their faith, and twenty-three Christians are raped or sexually harassed. Every week, 182 Christian churches or buildings are attacked, and 102 Christian homes, shops, or businesses are attacked burned or destroyed. Every month, 309 Christians are imprisoned unjustly.
Christians face the most persecution in North Korea, with Afghanistan following. In the case of North Korea, persecution is driven by Communist ideology, which views the estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Christians as traitors of the state because their allegiance is to God, not supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
In the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Christians are also seen as traitors, but they are traitors to Islam rather than to the state. The country is 99 percent Muslim, with some 90 percent Sunni and the other 9.7 percent Shia. Open Doors reports the radical Islamic Taliban continues to increase in strength, rendering the lives of the few thousands of secret Christians forfeit.
To make matters much worse, as the Trump administration has long noted, the United Nations is not helping Christians. Further, a new report published by CBN states, in regards to Christians in Syria.
“One of the refugees, Hasan, a Syrian convert to Christianity, told us in a phone call that Muslim U.N. camp officials “knew that we were Muslims and became Christians and they dealt with us with persecution and mockery. They didn’t let us into the office. They ignored our request.”
Further, Hasan is not the only Christian refugee to report such; in fact, to also support his claim, there are disproportionate numbers in regards to the number of Muslim refugees admitted rather than Christian refugees. In response to the allegations made by the United States, the United Nations explains away the disproportionate refugees’ population as a “complex political situation.”
Meanwhile, other Christians in the region are reporting similar treatment; “according to Timothy, a Jordanian Muslim who converted to Christianity, “all of the United Nations officials [apparently in Jordan], most of them, 99 percent, they are Muslims, and they were treating us as enemies.”
While the U.N. is playing off the allegations, a former Archbishop of Canterbury is suing Britain’s home office, alleging that “politically correct” officials have been “institutionally biased” against Christian refugees. He also wants to find out why out of 60-thousand Syrian war refugees accepted into the United States and Britain in 2014, almost none were Christians.
Addressing this issue, Paul Diamond, a British human rights lawyer, recently elaborated:
“You have this absurd situation where the scheme is set up to help Syrian refugees and the people most in need, Christians who have been “genocided,” they can’t even get into the U.N. camps to get the food. If you enter and say I am a Christian or convert, the Muslim U.N. guards will block you [from] getting in and laugh at you and mock you and even threaten you…. Sunni Muslim officials have blocked the way. They’ve laughed at them, threatened them, said ‘You shouldn’t have converted. You’re an idiot for converting. You get what you get,’ words to that effect.”
Also, Christian refugees are regularly deported back to the Muslim Nations, where they are likely to face imprisonment and or be killed. “Swedish attorney Gabriel Donner who represents Christian asylum seekers, says Sweden is now deporting up to one-third of Christian refugees back to Muslim nations where they are likely to be imprisoned or killed.
One of those Christian refugees now facing imminent deportation is Iman Amir-Ourang from Iran, shown here with members of his church in a foot washing. He says Swedish officials either did not understand or care about the evidence of his Christian faith.
Amir-Ourang told us, “There are so many atheists living in Sweden, so they can’t believe in somebody that believes in God. So just because they don’t believe in our Lord, they don’t trust anybody else to believe in the Lord either.”
President Trump in 2017 stated that Christian refugees would be given priority; however, Mulsim governments regularly classify Christians as “security threats,” which causes their applications for asylum to be routinely rejected. Furthermore, the United States is rapidly working to take on the objective of assisting Christians who face persecution in the Middle East.