ERMELO, Netherlands — According to a report by non-denominational Christian non-profit Open Doors, which advocates for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world, they recorded 5,898 Christians were killed for their faith and 5,110 churches or church buildings were attacked or forcibly closed in 2021.
It shed light on the situation of the displaced Christians and refugees, who were forced to leave their homes in 58 countries for reasons related to their religious affiliation.
Open Doors states that Christians are facing high levels of persecution and violence, which force them to leave their homeland.
The report indicated that the number of Christians killed rose by 4% compared to the same period last year, with the number of churches attacked increasing by 14%.
In addition, the organization recorded 6,175 Christians arrested and imprisoned without any trial and 3,829 instances of Christians being kidnapped.
Open Doors stated that Christians are frequently persecuted in African countries, such as Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea and Nigeria, where radical Islamic groups are active.
In the Middle East, Christians are forced to leave their homeland for reasons related to their religious beliefs, especially if they are apostates from Islam. Significant incidents were recorded in Iran, Syria, and Iraq.