Open Doors list of most dangerous countries dominated by Islamic nations
Last year was the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution,” according to a report by a group that monitors violence against the faithful.
North Korea tops the Open Doors 2016 World Watch List, of the most dangerous places to be a Christian, for the second year running.
However, of the 50 worst countries to be a Christian, 35 have a problem with Islamic extremism, which “has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing,” said the report. Iraq, part of which is in the hands of Islamic extremist group ISIS, is number two on the list.
The other eight countries in the top ten are all Islamic, with Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, all of whom are struggling with ISIS insurgents, at number four, five and 10 respectively.
Pakistan, where Christian farmworker Asia Bibi is still in jail five years after being accused of blasphemy, is also in the top ten.
Among the worst atrocities last year was the murder of 21 largely Egyptian Christians in Libya by ISIS in September.