David Curry, CEO of Global Christian Relief, and Joel Veldkamp, head of international communications at Christian Solidarity International, recently joined CBN’s Faithwire to discuss two nations where Christian persecution is raging: India and Nigeria.
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“India is the largest democracy and, in the last decade, you’ve seen a 300% rise in attacks against Christians and Christian churches,” Curry said, noting how a recent attack in Manipur, India, left 1,700 Christian homes destroyed and more than 100 churches “burned to the ground.”
He continued, “It started as a sort of a protest amongst tribal groups and somehow has now leaped over to an attack on churches and Christians.”
Veldkamp called the fighting “a very dangerous development,” and lamented the state of affairs, warning of the dire impact on Christians’ lives.
Both experts also addressed Nigeria, the African nation that shot into the headlines in 2022, when a Christian college student was horrifically stoned to death.
Veldkamp warned that some Muslim officials are using diabolical methods to grow their support.
“They grow their power base … by encouraging Islamic extremism and anti-Christian extremism,” he said.
Watch Curry and Veldkamp sound the alarm on the horrors unfolding inside both nations:
Both India and Nigeria rank high on Open Doors’ “World Watch List,” an annual ranking of the nations where Christian persecution is most severe.
In Nigeria, which ranks sixth on the list, Christians “suffer persecution from an ingrained agenda of enforced Islamisation,” according to the report.
And in India, which comes in the 11th spot, it can be “a scary place to be a” believer.
See the 2023 rankings and read more here.
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