“PERSECUTED” THE COMPLAINT FILE OF CARITAS: “OVER 100 MILLION CHRISTIANS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD” Very often they are victims of persecution and discrimination implemented by totalitarian regimes or followers of other religions

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“Persecuted” is the title of the new dossier of Caritas denouncing how more than 100 million Christians in the world are victims of discrimination, persecution and violence enacted by totalitarian regimes or followers of other religions. A dossier that is twofold, says Caritas, “first shed light on the causes of the persecution of Christians in the world taking into account of the economic variations, cultural and geopolitical consequences of individual countries involved, and, seond , give voice to the silent testimony of many Christians who continue to keep the faith at the risk of their lives. ”

There are several countries in which Christians do not have it easy. “Only in North Korea there are between 50 and 70 thousand Christians in detention camps – the report says -. Then there are Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iran, where Christians are persecuted with more intensity. From November 2013 to October 31st,2014, it is estimated that Christians killed for reasons closely linked to their faith were 4,344, while the churches attacked for the same reason were 1,062. ”

A “barbaric,” says Caritas, which also affects other religious and ethnic minorities and reveals a “disturbing increase in intolerance”, not only in the Middle East. “A year ago, in July 2014 – the report added -, men Isis broke in Mosul and began an exodus that in a few weeks brought more than a million people to take refuge in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, as reflected in particular in the region of Erbil, Dohuk and Zakho. The situation was further exacerbated by new waves of displaced people to the region of Kurdistan. ”

The intervention of the local Church was fast that, according to Don Francesco Soddu, director of Italian Caritas, was immediately mobilized giving shelter in courtyards, in churches and in every available space “, but also the help of Caritas and not made to wait. “The commitment of Italian Caritas has focused on assistance projects in the dioceses of Erbil and Dohuk – explains the dossier – with a great twinning program for more than one million euro in favor of 13,000 families of Christians and the minority of Yazidis, forced to flee from their places of residence. Since 2003, the financial support of Italian Caritas projects to Caritas in Iraq and the network of organizations connected to the local Church was 3.3 million Euros. “

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