Source of persecution: Organised corruption
Under the current president, there has been a resurgence of armed groups, who specifically target Christians because they know the Christian faith is not compatible with their values. Two pastors were killed in 2012 and about 300 indigenous Christians displaced from their homes. Pagan indigenous populations receive material support from paramilitary organisations to persecute local Christians. These territories have become a safe haven for the guerrillas’ drug trafficking activities. Drug cartels and illegal armed groups continue to operate with impunity.
- Thank God that Christians are willing to stand up and be a witness in social and political activities
- For indigenous converts, who are often denied access to basic social services, equal participation in decision-making, and risk being tortured or displaced
- For Open Doors’ Children’s Centre, which provides a safe place for Christian children targeted by rebel armed groups.