According to an article put out by Breitbart on New Years day 2022, “The year 2021 was another year of ‘pain and suffering’ for the persecuted Christians around the world.”
A Christian charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), reports that global Christian persecution has increased this last year, 2021. The Vatican also reported that some 416 million Christians live in “lands of persecution.” This means, according to the Vatican, 416 million people risk harassment, discrimination, and violence daily due to what they believe.
Where are these “Lands of Persecution?” In an interview with ACN’s Italian director Alessandro Monteduro, he reported that these lands extend to Africa, from sub-Saharan Africa to East Africa. He said, “There are at least a couple dozen terrorist organizations that have the ambition, from their point of view, to install caliphates in their territories, such as Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali, Cameroon, or northern Nigeria.”
Burkina Faso was a country that had only known peaceful coexistence between different communities, until 2015. Now, 60 percent of the country can’t be reached for help with humanitarian level aid, according to the World Health Organization.
This is not only taking place in Africa. In fact, Monteduro pointed out that a congregation Mother Teresa of Calcutta had founded was harassed for proselytism.
Unfortunately, 2022 has not started off without incident. In Myanmar, there has already been 35 people dead in an anti-Christian attack.
Horrifically, Monteduro tells how in Pakistan many young women and girls live a terrible drama of being kidnapped, converted by force, raped, and forced to marry their kidnapper. According to Monteduro, these atrocities, “…are denounced by many charity agencies and church organizations, but there is insufficient outrage.”