A research conducted by the Centre for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) showed that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. Massimo Introvigne, Director of CESNUR, revealed that more than 60,000 of the Christians killed this year were murdered in tribal conflicts in Africa, Express UK reports.

Meantime, Release International warns that violent persecution of Christians is set to increase in 2017. In a statement, the international organization said the greatest area of concern is the Islamic world, where Christians are discriminated by both the state and Islamic militants.

Introvigne said these deaths came usually after believers refused to take up arms and take revenge on their enemies for reasons of conscience.

“The other 30 per cent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution,” he explained. He added that Christians in Africa received the most brutal treatment at the hands of non-Christians.

According to World Religion News, the civil war in Aleppo brought down the number of Christians in Syria from 1.5 million to 500,000 in five years. This is two-thirds of the Christian population in the country.

Meantime, Release International warns that violent persecution of Christians is set to increase in 2017. In a statement, the international organization said the greatest area of concern is the Islamic world, where Christians are discriminated by both the state and Islamic militants.

“Around the world Christians face an increasing array of violent persecutors. These include the brutal Islamic State in the Middle East, heavily armed militants in Nigeria and Hindu extremists in India,” warns Release Chief Executive Paul Robinson.

Robinson calls for Christians to pray for persecuted Christians and give support to those affected families.

Sources:
Will kirby . (2016). Expresscouk. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/748061/Christians-world-s-most-persecuted-religious-group-Vatican-Radio-Massimo-Introvigne-Islam

Worldreligionnewscom. (2016). World Religion News. http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/christian-killed-faith-every-6-minutes-year

Release International. (2016). Release International. http://www.releaseinternational.org/violent-persecution-set-to-rise-in-2017/

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