Persecution Increased Most in Sudan and Nigeria

Sudan and northern
Nigeria saw steeper increases in persecution against Christians than 48
other nations where Christians suffered abuse last year, according to an
annual ranking by Christian support organization Open Doors.

According to a story
by Compass Direct News (CDN), Sudan – where northern Christians
experienced greater vulnerability after southern Sudan seceded in a July
referendum, and where Christians were targeted amid isolated military
conflicts – jumped 19 places last year from its 2010 ranking, from 35th
to 16th, according to Open Doors’ 2012 World Watch List.

In
northern Nigeria, CDN reported, a rash of Islamist bombings,
guerrilla-style attacks and increased government restrictions on
Christians contributed to the region leaping by 10 on the list, from
23rd to 13th place.

“Nigeria
continues to be the country where the worst atrocities in terms of loss
of life occur, with over 300 Christians losing their lives this year,
though the true number is thought to be far higher,” according to the
Open Doors report. It noted that the Islamic extremist Boko Haram became
increasingly violent across the reporting period through most of 2011.

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Source: Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service