(Voice of the Persecuted) Late August, at a meeting in Rome with Church leaders from the Middle East to discuss the threat Christians are facing, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged to “take action” against Christian persecution. Setting an example for other nations, the Hungarian government has now created a specialized government office for the purpose of addressing the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and discrimination a portion of Christians in Europe are experiencing. The Hungarian government is the first country to establish a special government department on persecution of Christians to raise international awareness of their “untenable situation”, and organize humanitarian actions.
Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, whose ministry will oversee the newly established government department, told Catholic News Agency,
“Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed out of religious reasons, four of them are Christians.”
“In 81 countries around the world Christians are persecuted and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian lives are threatened by followers of radical religious ideologies.”
The Hungarian government is known for speaking in international meetings against the modern-day persecution of Christians. They’ve also helped Middle Eastern Christian communities morally and financially supporting them to survive in their homelands.”
Balog said his government will do everything in it’s power to help Christians living in the Middle Eastern region and added,
“The establishment of this new government office, whose very nature is to deal with this matter, is another manifestation of our dedication to this issue.”
European nations struggle to resolve the problems of refugee crisis. A humanitarian crisis and clash of cultures, they were completely unprepared for, as in Germany and other European nations. A large number of Germans don’t agree with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy towards refugees and have lost faith in her claim Germany will successfully handle the situation. Many have also criticized Hungary’s leadership for their efforts to stop the influx of refugees coming to and through their country.
But where is the outcry asking governments along the Persian Gulf why they have done little to help refugees from Arab nations, such as Syria? These states are also said to be funding the instability which has caused the refugee crisis. Syrians make up the largest group of refugees in an exodus not seen since World War II. In a past report, Amnesty International noted the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council offered zero formal resettlement slots to Syrians by the end of 2014. In 2015, even their own citizens rose the question, “Why don’t you let them in, you discourteous people?” A twitter campaign followed, #ShameOnArabRulers.
Gulf officials refute the claims against them highlighting their large donations towards helping Syrian refugees in other Arab states, namely Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Saudi Arabia issued refugee numbers that were impossible to verify. In another state, thousands of Syrians were offered work visa’s, but many claimed they’d rather brave the journey to Europe than to continue facing severe restrictions in these countries. Others said they never felt safe and their residency could be cancelled at anytime, putting them in a precarious situation. Some claim it’s unfair to say they’re doing nothing. But certainly, the Gulf states could do so much more and be a part of a solution, culturally and economically.
One must also consider another reason some claim for their inaction: An agenda to spread Islam, through demographics, in the ‘Christian’ west.
Voice of the Persecuted congratulate’s Hungary’s decision to be a voice and do more for Christians being persecuted throughout the modern world. One of the worst humanitarian crises of the planet. Praying to see other nations take Christian persecution and the severe violation of their human rights with seriousness.
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