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It is impossible to know with absolute certainty the exact number of Christians killed for their faith each year. However, according to the World Evangelical Alliance, approximately 100 million Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith.

Much of today's persecution still takes place in remote areas of countries often cut off from or with restricted access to modern communications. Most martyrs suffer and die anonymously - unknown and forgotten - their deaths unrecorded except in heaven. What is reported often occurs weeks, months and even years after the fact. Persecution is often such a part of life that it hardly dawns on the afflicted to tell the world. Even then, many are nervous about sharing what they know for fear of retribution.

While various organizations have attempted to quantify the number of Christians killed, VOMC instead focuses on the people involved, sharing faces and stories, not figures.