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Persecution: Top Countries of Concern for 2018

Persecution: Top Countries of Concern for 2018
At least 100 million Christians are persecuted for their faith in Christ, according to Open Doors estimates.
Persecution: Top Countries of Concern for 2018

A group which monitors Christian persecution around the world has released a new report listing countries where attacks and restrictions on Christians are likely to increase in 2018. These include China, India and Nigeria.

The annual Persecution Trends Report by the U.K.-based group Release International, which also helps persecuted Christians, warns that Christians in China look set to face a harsh new year, noting that the communist country has been cracking down on Christmas celebrations in some districts, banning Santa Claus and Christmas hats to further tighten its squeeze on Christianity.

China, the report says, is “a key country of concern for 2018.”

In Nigeria, Christian villages have been coming under sustained attack by armed Fulani herdsmen, the report says, explaining that the militants are driving Christians from their farms, killing and displacing thousands.

According to a Nigerian partner of Release, the Fulani are being armed and encouraged to drive out Christians from the north in pursuit of an Islamist agenda

The Christian Post reported recently that Islamic Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, who have been accused of aligning with the Boko Haram terror group, killed more than 100 Christians earlier this month, with the suspected help of the military.

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