For those that argue that 2016 was nothing but a losing game of Russian roulette while wading knee-deep through a giant septic tank, the ones who have counted all the celebrities we’ve lost, add this to your list.
According to statistics from the Center for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 90,000 Christians were killed in 2016, making Christians the most persecuted group of believers worldwide.
According to a well-known Italian sociologist and founder of the independent Center for Studies on New Religions, Massimo Introvigne, 70 percent of the deaths are due to tribal killings and the remaining deaths, around 27,000, were due to terrorism. To make matters worse, a half million Christians hide their faith in fear of prosecution.
North Korea makes the top of the list of countries whose inhabitants suffer from persecution, with Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Syria in the top five, according to Open Doors USA, a non-profit organization that aims to serve persecuted Christians globally. Syria alone has seen its Christian population reduced by two-thirds since the beginning of its civil war in 2011.