For the Martyrs Founder Discusses Violence During the Christmas Season, Radical Islam, and Global Persecution on Real America’s Voice
Extremists have often targeted the Christmas season, a period of significant religious importance to Christians, to perpetrate acts of persecution. This trend has been observed globally, with instances of violence intensifying during this period. In 2020 in Egypt, the Christmas fasting season witnessed violent attacks against Christians in the village of al Barsha in Minya and the al-Wardian district of Alexandria. Similarly, the 2017 Christmas season saw nearly 150 Christians killed in targeted attacks in Nigeria, Cairo, and India. In Nigeria, Boko Haram Islamist militants carried out deadly attacks on Christmas Eve, resulting in the death of at least a dozen Christians and the burning of several churches.
These incidents underscore a disturbing pattern of increased violence against Christians during Christmas. Gia Chacon, founder of For the Martyrs, a leading voice for persecuted Christians globally, emphasizes this concern. In an interview with Real America’s Voice, she stated, “Radical extremists see [this time] as an opportunity to maximize the impact of persecution.” This perspective is shared by Christian leaders worldwide, who have called for prayers and government protection for Christian minority communities facing heightened threats during the Christmas season. For the Martyrs stands at the forefront of raising awareness about these crises and advocating for the safety and rights of Christians facing persecution during these religiously significant times.