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Christian persecution: How many are being killed, where they are being killed


GEOREEN TANNER

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FoxNews
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Media/Opinion
Date:
4/14/2017

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ABSTRACTChristian persecution: How many are being killed, where they are being killed | Fox News Fox News Fox Business Fox News Go Fox News Radio Fox Nation Fox News Insider Fox News Politics Expand/Collapse Search Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Business Entertainment Tech Science Health Travel Lifestyle World On Air Politics Home Executive Senate House Defense Judiciary Fox News Poll News Events Christian persecution: How many are being killed, where they are being killed By Georeen Tanner Published April 14, 2017 FoxNews.com Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Email Print   This past Palm Sunday was a dark day in Egypt. Suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches, one in Alexandria and the other in Tanta left 45 people dead and many more wounded. Although there has been an uptick in violence against Christians in the region, Egypt is hardly alone in a long list of countries -- many in the Middle East -- that are violently hostile towards Christians. A list generated by  Open Doors USA , a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians, shows the Middle East accounts for a majority of countries ranked in the top 10 for extreme persecution of Christians. In order, the countries are as follows: 1.       North Korea 2.      Somalia 3.      Afghanistan 4.      Pakistan 5.      Sudan 6.      Syria 7.      Iraq 8.      Iran 9.      Yemen 10.   Eritrea Egypt ranks No. 21. According to the Christian advocacy group, one in 12 Christians today experiences high, very high or extreme persecution for their faith. Nearly 215 million Christians face high persecution, with 100 million of those living in Asia. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, estimates that between the years 2005 and 2015,  900,000  Christians were martyred — an average of 90,000 Christians each year. From Nov. 1, 2015, to Oct. 31, 2016,  Open Doors  documented as many as 1,207 Christians who were killed around the globe for faith-related reasons during the 2017 list’s reporting period. This is a conservative estimate since it only includes docu.......