On the 2018 World Watch List by Open Doors, a list of the top 50 countries where Christians suffer the heaviest persecution, Yore came upon statistics that she found "shocking and disturbing". "According to the report," she says, "3,066 Christians were killed in 2017; 1,252 were abducted; and 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed. These growing, brutal and verifiable statistics demonstrate the increased threat to Christians around the world."
"Abduction and rape are the weapons human traffickers deploy against helpless Christian women," Yore, who is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in human trafficking and child exploitation, commented.
"Has the world conveniently forgotten the April 2014 crisis where nearly 300 Nigerian Chibok Christian school girls were abducted, raped and killed by the Islamic Boko Haram terrorists? The world stood by helpless while their violent abduction and kidnapping enfolded at the hands of Islamic terrorists," Yore says.
She continues, "The #Bringbackourgirls campaign faded into oblivion as the Christian schoolgirls endured unimaginable torture and brutality." These girls were abducted and taken to Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa Forest where they were forced to choose between joining them as Islamic militants or becoming their sex slaves. Since 2011, this group has killed nearly 54,000 people.
"[Islamic oppression] is one of the most widely recognized sources of persecution for Christians in the world today—and it continues to spread—aiming to bring many parts of the world under Sharia law," Open Doors researchers note. "The movement, which often results in Islamic militancy and persecution of Christians, is expanding in Asia (Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia) and Africa (Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia)."
The World Report describes that the persecution comes mainly from the government and from radical Muslims.
"Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in these governments and societies, and the government strictly implements the policy of one religion, one culture, and one language," explain researchers.
"Hence," Yore says, "Christianity is targeted for eradication and extinction."
The advocate Elizabeth Yore concludes with the words of William Wilberforce, a British leader who played a massive role in the abolition of slavery. He famously said, "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."
Yore interprets, "We can no longer bury our head in the sand and ignore the reality of Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic trafficking terrorists."