Many of the victims of the tragic shipwreck off the coast of Italy could have been African Christians fleeing persecution and war.
More than 250 migrants hoping to find refuge in Europe perished when their ship caught fire and sank near the island of Lampedusa.
A priest who ministers to the migrant community told the WorldWatch Monitor that many of the survivors are Christians.
"I look at the list of the survivors and 90 percent are Christian," Father Mussie Zerai said. "They are coming from Eritrea and Ethiopia."
Eritrea is ranked number 10 on the list of global persecutors by Open Doors International, a ministry to the persecuted Church.