British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently appeared in a video to give a touching Christmas message and remind everyone that these days are about celebrating good things as a family. He also addressed a special greeting to all the Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith.

Johnson recalled that Christmas “is a day of inestimable importance for thousands of Christians around the world.”

Persecution against Christians has seen a significant increase in recent times. In recent weeks alone, 300 people were reportedly killed in Sri Lanka as a result of an attack attributed to the terrorist group known as ISIS.

According to research published on YouTube, Syrian Christians, especially those who have converted from Islam to Christianity, suffer persecution and marginalization by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) officials who block their access to refugee camps and food.

Or the repression suffered by Christians in China who are forced to give up their beliefs, and live according to the Chinese communist regime in order to replace the genuine values of their religion.

According to a 2018 Open Doors study, some 215 million Christians worldwide are experiencing high, very high, or extreme levels of persecution.

“Today of all days I want us to remember those Christians around the world who are facing persecution. For them, Christmas Day will be marked in private, in secret, perhaps even in a prison cell,” Boris Johnson said.

“We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practice your faith,” the British prime minister added.

His message was also addressed to all those people who for disinterested reasons postponed the Christmas celebrations at the side of their loved ones, while he highlighted the work of all those public servants who work tirelessly every day for the welfare of others.