CWN - Aid to the Church in Need has published a report on the persecution of Christians in 22 nations.

The report found that the level of persecution is “extreme,” “extreme/high,” or “high” in 18 countries.

“The Church’s survival in parts of Africa and the Middle East [is] threatened by religiously motivated ethnic cleansing by extremist Islamist groups,” the report stated. “The Church is being driven out of its ancient biblical heartland thanks to a massive exodus - Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq potentially within five years.”

“Totalitarian regimes such as those in China and North Korea have put Christians under pressure due to the perception that Christianity is linked to the West, seen as corrupt and exploitative by Communist states,” the report added.

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