(Voice of the Persecuted) The top persecutors grows by the day, but here is our list for 2014. As you may know, it’s hard to obtain solid numbers on refugees let alone those facing extreme abuses and the many who have been killed. Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are among those that rank at the top our list. It’s hard to put a numerical value on countries for human and religious rights abuses, as it can change daily. We are actively watching these top ranked nations for abuses against Christians and other minorities, including women and children.
2014 is described by the media, and experts as the worst year in history for the persecution of Christians. They liken it to genocide and ethnic cleansing with reports of crucifixions, beheadings, stonings, along with rape, torture, kidnapping and slaughter.
A representative of the UNHRC describes the numbers as not seen since WWII, with 8 million refugees from the Middle East alone. 8 million people fleeing to refugee camps—that doesn’t include those who have been murdered. At least 200,000 of them are children. This doesn’t include areas in Africa. In Nigeria, 2 million have been displaced and thousands killed. Again these numbers include innocent children.
It’s hard to even begin to understand such staggering amounts. And harder to imagine that this type of slaughter and evil acts can happen in modern times. A so-called technological, ‘civilized’ world that’s being compared to WWII when Hitler and his Nazi party ravaged the world. History repeating itself, because history is no longer taught. Ask high school and college kids and you’ll be surprised how many have no idea who Hitler is, or have never heard of the holocausts perpetrated by the Ottoman’s, Nazi’s and others.
The Armenian people have made their home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia for some 3,000 years. For some time, the kingdom of Armenia was an independent entity–at the beginning of the 4th century AD, for instance, it became the first nation in the world to make Christianity its official religion–but for the most part, control of the region shifted from one empire to another. During the 15th century, Armenia was absorbed into the mighty Ottoman Empire. Persecution began under the despotic Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II. Between 1894 and 1896, Armenian villages and cities and massacred their citizens. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians were murdered.
The “Young Turks” overthrew Sultan Abdul Hamid and established a more modern constitutional government. At first, the Armenians were hopeful. But non-Turks–and especially Christian non-Turks–were seen as a grave threat to the new state.
When WWII intensified, the Young Turks created a “Special Organization,” which in turn organized “killing squads” or “butcher battalions” to carry out, as one officer put it, “the liquidation of the Christian elements.” These killing squads were often made up of murderers and other ex-convicts. They drowned people in rivers, threw them off cliffs, crucified them and burned them alive.
Records show that during this “Turkification”campaign government squads also kidnapped children, converted them to Islam and gave them to Turkish families. In some places, they raped women and forced them to join Turkish “harems” or serve as slaves. Muslim families moved into the homes of deported Armenians and seized their property. source
When the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, there were approximately 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people.
When reading the details of these historic events, they closely resemble modern times. And God’s unchanging Word rings true for us, still.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
If the UNHRC using WWII as a comparison, expect the numbers to be much higher than the reports given. Some facts about WWII:
- An estimated death toll in World War II ranged from approximately 60 to 85 million, making it the deadliest war in world history in absolute terms of total dead, but not in terms of deaths relative to the world population.
- The higher figure of 85 million includes deaths from war-related disease and famine.
- Estimates of 38 to 55 million civilians killed, including 19 to 25 million from war-related disease and famine.
- Total military dead: from 22 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.
One expert on Fox News said the world would have to unite like it did against the Nazi’s in WWII, or it wouldn’t be able to stop this murderous rampage.
The World Watch List 2014 ranks the top 50 countries that are most dangerous for Christians and the top 10 as (in numerical order according to Open Doors):
- NORTH KOREA
We intend to focus and bring to the forefront, the aftermath of this holocaustic frenzy. To tell the stories stories of suffering and survival and to describe incredible and enduring faith throughout unspeakable trials. (Here) Yes, we will continue to research and report, but the need is great. The Harvest is ripe, but few are the workers. Radical Islam is spreading like an advanced cancer. It’s time to focus our prayers & our attention on our brethren and the innocent people who are suffering. At least one in the UNHCR is willing to speak out about the refugees and their suffering, and how the world should focus on not only their survival, but their future.
Attacks from Boko Haram is now a regional problem, spreading and advancing their caliphate takeover. Recently, they attacked an army base which gave them a huge advantage. The numbers are doubling even tripling.
More than 3,000 refugees fleeing the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram have been welcomed in Chad. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Chad, Kalzeubé Pahimi Deubet, according to whom even 500 Chadians have returned to the country because of the violence of the extremist Nigerians.
According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, the crisis in the north-east of Nigeria is increasingly spreading to neighboring States, even for the threats made in a video, attributed to the leader of Boko Haram, Aboubakar Shekau, to the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya. In the video, a man who looks like the leader of the Islamist sect, has threatened to increase violence in Cameroon if the country does not abolish the Constitution and embraces Islam. In recent months, the military of Cameroon have rejected several offensives launched on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. The conquest of the base of the so-called Multinational Task Force (formed by soldiers of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon) in Baga on the Nigerian banks of Lake Chad, now offers Boko Haram a strategic location from which to launch attacks not only against Maiduguri (the capital of the Nigerian State of Borno) but also against Niger, Chad and Cameroon. (L.M.) ((Agenzia Fides 08/01/2015)
The cemeteries in Nigeria are overflowing with Christians, and even dignitaries are visiting them to pay respects and mourn the deaths of our brothers and sisters. Turning their final resting places into a memorial. These souls are precious to our Lord.
Persecution takes many forms, such as the slaughter in Nigeria, and the Middle East against Christians and other minorities. Yesterday, the slaughter of a dozen people in Paris is also is persecution. And even in the US, although not on a scale like Africa and the Middle East, discrimination against Christians is growing. There are 2 cases making news this week of children (here) & (here) being punished in school for simply reading a Bible, there is a case of a Fire Chief who was fired recently for his Christian views and faith, also a teacher who is a Gideon was fired for simply giving a Bible to a student, and countless others. This is the way it begins, as warned by those in nations facing extreme persecution.
The world holds it’s breath while we await the next slaughter and attack. Why? Why are so many held hostage by one group committing war crimes and genocide.
When you have persecution of this magnitude and on this scale, it is hard to use demographics, political leadership……or news reports who are biased, we spend countless hours verifying, and researching everything we share. We have reported for months on the ‘Super Highway’ of Terror flowing from the Middle East to Nigeria. This super highway has grown into a full fledged Audubon with a corridor that can not be controlled or closed off. The Stench of Death is ever increasing.
The last few days Nigeria has seen the worst massacre yet, with reports saying that 2,000 have been killed and an entire village destroyed. This village had a population of 10,000 people. Churches were burned and bodies thick in the streets and the bush. Most of those killed were the elderly, women and children and others who could not run fast enough.
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – Even several churches have been burned in the last series of attacks committed by Boko Haram in the city of Baga and in the surrounding villages, in the Nigerian Borno state, which according to some media reports have claimed up to 2000 victims.
“I received a message of the Christians Association of Nigeria, the association of Christian churches in Nigeria, which states that in that area Boko Haram has burned several churches and caused numerous victims” says Fr. Patrick Tor Alumuku, Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria to Agenzia Fides.
The Boko Haram group attacked Baga town on Wednesday, where in recent days it had conquered the multinational military Task Force base in charge of ensuring the safety of the area. In the attacks committed in the past two days, according to official Nigerian media, a hundred people have died. “Though it is noted that in general the national media tend to reduce the number of victims not to further inflame the minds” says Fr. Patrick.
“One must bare in mind that the presidential election campaign for February has opened this week. The situation is particularly delicate”, says the priest.
The population in the area is fleeing from the advance of Boko Haram. “When those of Boko Haram arrive in a major city they make no distinction between Christians and Muslims, and the population flees, without distinction of religion. Boko Haram separates Muslims from Christians only in the smaller villages”, recalls Fr. Patrick. “Next to the combatants from Nigeria, Boko Haram has been strengthened by jihadist members from Libya and Mali. Their goal is to create a caliphate in northern Nigeria”, concluded the priest. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 09/01/2015)
Most major news agencies are beginning to cover this latest massacre with even Amnesty International calling it the worst massacre in the country.
We feel it is not a coincidence that this massacre happened at virtually the same time as the massacres in Paris. And the protection of our brothers and sisters at risk of extreme persecution are at the forefront of our prayers. O Lord, hear our cries.
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