The New York Times reported at the weekend that Syria’s Christian community was lying low over Easter. Many in the community – which is about 10 per cent of the population – fear they could be expelled, or even massacred, if the Assad dictatorship falls. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in neighbouring Iraq, an estimated 60 per cent of the Christian population fled.
British writer Rupert Shorrt argues there’s been an outbreak of what he calls “Christianophobia” across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Shortt, an editor at The Times Literary Supplement in London, is the author of the book Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack.
Shortt's book investigates the worldwide oppression of Christians, country by country — including Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma, and China.