About 1,200 people were killed in a single year because of their faith

About 1,200 people were killed worldwide in the period November 2015 – October 2016 “for reasons related to their faith”, but the number dropped from the previous year, stated on Wednesday in an official report the Protestant NGO “Open Doors”, according to AFP.

The number of people that were killed during November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016 has been set by this organization at 1,173 people compared to 7,100 in 2015, after several years of increasing in number (1,201 deaths in 2012, 2.123 in 2013 and 4344 in 2014).

“Very violent crisis have determined the figures from 2015 have subsided, either because extremist groups have suffered defeats (eg Boko Haram and the Islamic State grouping), or because the people have already been killed or have fled away from the endangered areas where they were targeted”, writes Open Doors in its report.

This NGO has published its annual ranking on Wednesday with “50 countries where people are most persecuted”, showing that 215 million people are victims of persecution, that is one third of the population of these countries.

At least 948 people – of which only 695 in Nigeria – were killed because of their faith, while 225 were killed in nine other countries, according to the NGO.

However, the organization estimates that its figures, which refer only to the assassinations documented by the information obtained on the ground, in the press or on the Internet, are lower than in reality. Thus, North Korea, the first country “in the global index of persecuting people” does not appear in the registration of deaths due to lack of reliable data in this country.

As an example, between 150 and 200 million Christians were persecuted in 140 countries. The main factors of oppression were radicalism and communist atheism.