New Open Doors Report: Nigeria Tops Christian Persecution Violence List, by Katey Hearth, Mission Network News
"The World Watch List (WWL) Research team of Open Doors International has released a Top 10 Violence List of countries in which Christians have experienced the most violent incidents for their faith in Jesus Christ.
"The World Watch Top 10 Violence List, which is based on persecution incidents between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2014, is topped by Nigeria. The others, in order, are: Syria, Egypt, Central African Republic (CAR), Mexico, Pakistan, Colombia, India, Kenya, and Iraq.
For a complete summary of the Top 10 Violence List, click here.
"In all countries where Christians are persecuted, researchers recorded 3,641 churches and Christian properties destroyed, and 13,120 other forms of violence against Christians such as beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, and forced marriages.
"Open Doors researchers also released information in the category of faith-related killings on the Top 10 Violence List during the reporting period. Nigeria was No. 1 with a total of 2,073 Christian martyrs. Nigeria is followed by Syria 1,479, CAR 1,115, Pakistan 228, Egypt 147, Kenya 85, Iraq 84, Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan: 33 each, and Venezuela 26.
"Of the overall compilation of 5,479 Christians killed for their faith around the world, Nigeria, Syria, and CAR make up 85% of the total. Researchers say that the total number of martyrs is “a very minimum count and could be significantly higher...'”