The fate of persecuted Christians during the pandemic remains tragic
Recent weeks have shown that the most tragic fate during a pandemic is for minorities, especially those persecuted on the basis of their religion. All over the globe Christians face rising discrimination and persecution for following Jesus Christ.
The fate of Christians in Pakistan is catastrophic. The vast majority of them live in slums and have trouble accessing water and electricity. Ninety per cent of all sanitary workers in Pakistan are Christians who work without protective clothing or sanitisers.
The fate of 18,000 Eritreans who fled from political and religious persecution and currently live in the refugee camp in Tigraj, Ethiopia, is getting worse. Because of the pandemic, the Ethiopian authorities plan to close the camp and deport its inhabitants to Eritrea. There the situation of refugees may worsen; the country closed twenty-two Catholic health centres last year!
Persecution continues in sub-Saharan Africa. Islamic State terrorists, Boko Haram in the face of the pandemic, feel exempt from punishment. Meanwhile, Islamic shepherds and Fulani attack Christian villages, killing and robbing the local inhabitants.
Due to the pandemic and the claimed struggle against it, the persecution of Christians is also increasing day by day in North Korea, where the real number of coronavirus infected individuals will probably never come to light.