About 20 worshipers were killed in a terrorist attack on St. Francis Church in Owo, Nigeria last June. Sunday Alamba/AP
The Evangelical-Protestant association Portes Ouvertes regularly publishes a “World Index of the Persecution of Christians”. The evangelical churches have established themselves in the most hostile countries where the established churches have no right of residence, giving them a very fine knowledge of the terrain. The rigor of the information coming from these networks has made this observatory a point of reference for all Christian denominations. The 2023 edition, presented in Paris on Tuesday, also marks the thirtieth anniversary of this initiative. It offers a very disturbing look back at the “frenzied pursuit of Islamic terrorism in Africa” in the form of “spreading jihadism in sub-Saharan Africa”.
Numerical observation: “In 1993 in sub-Saharan Africa there was a country of extreme persecution, it was Somalia.” And six countries with “strong persecution”, according to the typical typology of this observatory, “hammer persecution”, violent, “persecution…
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