North Korea: Christians are the most targeted among faith groups
A groundbreaking new study entitled â€śPersecuting Faithâ€ť has found that Christianity is the most persecuted faith in secretive North Korea, Christianity Today reports. Drawing on the testimonies of 117 defectors, the 2020 report was published by the Korea Future Initiative (KFI) in the hope it will inform any future human rights sanctions applied to North Korea by Western countries.
In its report, KFI cross-references known data with testimony about 273 victims who experienced persecution for their faith in North Korea between 1990 and 2019, CT says. The study found that 80 percent (215) of the victims were Christians. Almost all the other victims (56) were followers of Shamanism, the North Korean folk religion. Women and girls were found to represent 60 percent of the victims overall....
I may have mentioned this on comments to a previous story on SA about North Korea. I heard an amazing testimony of a North Korean refugee, I canâ€™t remember if she now lives in USA or South Korea. She was an important Party member, in a good position. Somehow she fell foul of one of the many rules that abound in North Korea, even for Party members. She was sent to a concentration camp. It had different sections, one for Party members, one for common criminals, but the worst section, with the most sadistic and unpleasant guards was reserved for the Christians. This Party member was astounded at their faith and at their demeanour in the face of the worst treatment in the camp. It was a real testimony to her. When she was unexpectedly released after a couple of years in the camp, she managed to escape from North Korea, and finally came to the Lord Jesus Christ, and it was basically the testimony of these Christians that started her off!! Praise be to God!!