World Watch List 2021 Persecution of Christians exacerbated by Covid-19

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The persecution of Christians around the world has grown, both numerically and in its intensity, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is according to figures released in the 2021 World Watch List (WWL). 

The WWL, which records levels of persecution and discrimination across the globe, found that more than 340 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith – one in eight worldwide. 

The report shows that, rather than the spread of Covid-19 slowing down the rate of persecution, in many cases, it has been greatly intensified – in a variety of forms:

• Christians in numerous African and Asian nations have been refused coronavirus aid.