Christian Genocide Is on the Rise as World Leaders Have ‘Stood by and Watched,’ Persecution Watchdog Head Accuses

by Stoyan Zaimov  |  published on January 8, 2015

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Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has accused the U.S. and world leaders of standing by and watching Christian genocide happen in 2014, following the release of its World Watch List of countries where followers of Christ are most heavily targeted. The group added that Christian persecution is very much a “leading indicator” of major humanitarian problems, such as the rise of terror group ISIS.

Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that “there has been a genocide of Christians in Iraq, and the Western world stood by and watched it happen.”

He added that for 2015, he would like to see world leaders “understand that the persecution of Christians is a leading indicator, around the world, of major humanitarian problems. It’s not that Christians are collateral damage; it’s that they’re being targeted — and wherever they are being targeted, there are future problems.”

The newly released World Watch List ranks 50 countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith. The majority of nations on the list are spread throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where hostilities toward Christians have risen in 2014.

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(Photo: Open Doors USA/File)Dr. David Curry is the President and CEO for Open Doors USA.

One of the most notable news stories of 2014 has been the rise of terror group ISIS, which has captured large amounts of territory across Iraq and Syria, countries which find themselves ranked as No. 3 and No. 4 on the WWL, respectively.