It has been a bad year for Haitians. They have been forced to live through an assassination of their president as well as a major earthquake, and through all that, the nation continues to be plagued by crime and gang violence. Now, in the latest development, 17 Christian missionaries—16 Americans and one Canadian—are being held captive by one such gang.

Haiti has been rocked with gang violence throughout the past year, and in many parts of the lawless country, they roam free to carry out barbaric missions like the one they undertook against peaceful Christian missionaries.

The missionaries were visiting the Caribbean island from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries and were overtaken by the gang upon returning from an orphanage.

FBI agents arrived Monday morning to assist in the investigation, but so far the Biden administration hasn’t had much else to say about the efforts to rescue the mostly American missionaries.

The latest bad news out of Haiti follows after this summer’s assassination of the nation’s president.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shockingly assassinated at his home. The gunmen are said to have spoken Spanish, which is a significant detail given the fact that French is the dominant language in the Caribbean nation.

Haiti is a nation that has been plagued by corruption and poverty for centuries. Despite being the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to end slavery in 1793—a result of a slave revolt led by General Toussaint Louverture—the Caribbean nation has lagged far behind the West in every positive metric and remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

Haiti is just the latest occurrence in a worldwide effort to persecute Christians.

In Nigeria and many other countries around the world, the persecution and open murder of Christians is happening on a daily basis, but it hasn’t received the attention the horrific story warrants.

According to the Nigerian Voice, “The number of defenseless Christians hacked to death by Nigeria’s Islamic Jihadists and their collaborators in the security forces in the past 200 days or 1st January to 18th July 2021 has risen to no fewer than 3, 462 and this is just sixty-eight deaths less than the total deaths of Nigerian Christians in 2020 which the Open Doors’ World Watch List of Persecuted Christians put at ‘3,530.’

se who protest the order.”

In China, the Catholic News Agency reported that “authorities have resumed action to remove crosses from buildings and crack down on religious practices. The latest round of enforcement actions has included the removal of crosses from buildings belonging to the state-run churches. According to a report from UCA News, priests say they are cooperating in the removal of exterior crosses in hopes that entire church buildings will not be demolished or converted into a building for secular use.”

In Egypt, Coptic Christians—a group that can trace their ethnic lineage back to the times of the ancient Egyptians and their Christian lineage back to the times of the Apostle Mark—have been targeted by Islamists and non-Jihadi Egyptians.

National Review reported: “Egypt’s Copts make up approximately 10% of the population, but have been targeted by Islamist groups as well as fellow Egyptians in the last few decades as sectarianism became virulent throughout Egypt and terrorism spread from Syria’s war zone. ISIS has claimed responsibility for several church bombings, including the two 2017 Palm Sunday bombings that killed 45 people and injured over 100. More recently, in November 2018, Islamic militants opened fire on two buses carrying Copts on a pilgrimage to an ancient monastery, killing seven.”

The world is largely unaware of what is happening to Christians in Haiti, and around the world. This needs to change before it’s too late.