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Press Releases

11 January 2017

WORLD WATCH LIST LAUNCH 2017

Biggest rise in persecution of Christians is in India, Bangladesh and surrounding countries according to 2017 Open Doors World Watch List.Read more...

22 November 2016

Church in Syria to celebrate Christmas by serving refugees

A Syrian church leader has told Open Doors how his church will celebrate Christmas by taking gifts to refugees and telling refugee children the nativity story. Read more...

17 November 2016

7,000 Iraqi Christian refugees to celebrate 'Return Festival' on Friday as Nineveh plains liberation continues

A festival of music and dance to encourage 7,000 displaced Iraqi Christians will be held on Friday (18 November) in Erbil, Iraq, entitled 'The Return Festival' Read more...

14 November 2016

Iraq, Nineveh plains - Open Doors partners help Christians build businesses and rebuild their lives

Christians in Iraq are rebuilding their lives with micro-loans that enable them to build businesses to provide a stable, sustainable future for their families. The loans, funded by Open Doors and distributed by churches and local partners, fund businesses as diverse as honey production, barbers shops, farms and shoe shops. Read more...


14 November 2016

Iraq, Nineveh plain, Open Doors helps displaced Christians prepare to return home.

As the liberation of the Nineveh plains begins, Open Doors partners on the ground in Iraq are monitoring the situation and planning how they will support displaced people to return to Mosul and the surrounding villages if and when it is safe for them to do so. Read more...


10 November 2016

Open Doors sponsors safe space for vulnerable children in Homs, Syria

Children in Homs province, Syria, have been playing in a Child Friendly Space funded by Open Doors and run by a partner organisation in Syria. Read more...


9 November 2016

Real 'wall' in Mexico is between evangelical and 'traditional' church as Christians are imprisoned and displaced

More than Donald Trump's infamous wall, the divide that concerns many Mexican Christians isn't a physical one between their country and America, but an invisible one between them and the 'traditionalist' church Read more...


26 October 2016

NORTHERN IRELAND'S FIRST MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ AT OPEN DOORS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

The First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon. Arlene Foster, has paid tribute to the plight of Christians throughout the Middle East who have chosen to stay in areas of conflict to play their part in building peace, stability and harmony. Read more...


30 September 2016

Open Doors launches emergency appeal for vital work in Aleppo and beyond

Responding today to the crisis in Aleppo, the charity Open Doors is asking people to raise funds for emergency food and medicines and for trauma care for the families affected by the humanitarian crisis that continues and deepens inside Syria.Read more...


6 September 2016

UK churches to support trauma centre in Nigeria following meeting with Chibok parents

Following a trip to Nigeria, where UK church leaders met with some of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, churches in the UK and Ireland will be partnering with anti-persecution charity Open Doors to open a trauma care centre for victims of persecution in northern Nigeria.Read more...


30 August 2016

Christians in Syria and Iraq do not want to be seen as victims – Open Doors campaigns for a better future for this beleaguered minority

Anti-persecution charity Open Doors is launching Hope For The Middle East - a global campaign to support persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. For the first time in the charity's 60-year history it is mobilising people from across the globe to give and speak out, as well as taking the campaign to Christians who are themselves victims of persecution in other parts of the world. Read more...


04 August 2016

Two years after Christians fled the Nineveh plains, Iraqi Christians say they want to stay and rebuild Iraq

Two years after thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes in the Nineveh plains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Iraqi Christians and church leaders have spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about their desire to remain in Iraq and play a vital role in rebuilding their nation. Read more...


26 July 2016

Open Doors Comment on tragic killing of Priest in France

Responding to the attack near Rouen earlier today a spokesperson for anti-persecution charity Open Doors said” This tragic attack, so close to home and following other recent horrors, is another example of the persecution we see all too often in countries around the world. Read more...


26 July 2016

Christian from Hindu background forced to 'reconvert' in India

Neeraj*, a Christian from a Hindu background, has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about being forced to reconvert to Hinduism through intimidation by Hindu radicals last year. Read more...


8 July 2016

Family receives a new home and a new start following India riots

Hari* and Rani* lost everything in the riots of August 2008 in Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). They were forced to live in a makeshift hut and struggled to make ends meet, but Open Doors partners have been able to provide them with a new home and a new start. Read more...


7 July 2016

Girl found dead in Indian jungle, faith-related murder suspected

Samjheera (20) from Dumra, Latehar District in Jharkhand State, India, was found dead in a jungle near her village on 14 June. Local Christians suspect the girl was killed because of her Christian faith. Read more...


4 July 2016

'I thought I was going to die': family beaten for their Christian faith in India

An Indian family have been forced into hiding after they faced harassment and beatings from their community for leaving Hinduism to become Christians. Read more...


27 June 2016

Syrian Christian from Raqqa describes life inside IS stronghold

Two years after the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) declared a caliphate on 30 June 2014, a Christian man who lived under the rule of IS in Raqqa, Syria, after paying a special tax to enable him to remain there as a Christian, has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about his life there. Read more...


13 June 2016

UK supporter spends a week 'living like a refugee' to raise funds for Syrian refugee children

A UK supporter of persecution charity Open Doors has spent a week 'living like a refugee' to raise funds to run a children's camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, before travelling to Lebanon to help to lead the children's camps. Read more...


6 June 2016

Secret Christian pretends to fast during Ramadan to avoid persecution

A secret Christian from southeast Asia has spoken to persecution charity Open Doors about how he must pretend to take part in Ramadan fasting to avoid persecution. Read more...


30 May 2016

Secret Christian risks death in Saudi Arabia

Open Doors contacts have been supporting a secret believer, Mohammed* from Saudi Arabia, after he learned about the Christian faith on the internet. Read more...


6 May 2016

Bible smuggling continues over 60 years after the work of Open Doors began

Over 60 years after Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, began smuggling Christian literature behind the Iron Curtain, Open Doors continues to smuggle Bibles and other Christian books into places where Christians face the most severe persecution. Read more...


6 May 2016

Christians in Aleppo call for day of prayer and fasting as violence escalates

Christians in Aleppo are calling on the global church to join them in a day of prayer this Sunday, 8 May. This prayer day has been prompted by the intensive bombing that the city has just seen, killing hundreds and even hitting hospitals.
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5 May 2016

Korean Chinese Pastor Martyred by North Korean Spies

North Korean secret agents have martyred a Korean Chinese pastor who lived in Chiangbai, a town on the Chinese side of the Sino-Korean border. Han Choong Yeol was active in helping North Korean refugees by giving them food, medicines, clothes and other goods they needed for survival back in North Korea. Read more...


11 April 2016

Chibok families in poor health, without schools and struggling to survive, says persecution charity Open Doors

Two years on from the abduction of the Chibok girls, their families are without schools for their children, experiencing medical problems and struggling to support themselves, according to persecution charity Open Doors. Read more...


11 March 2016

Signs of hope in Syria at 5 year anniversary of the civil war says Open Doors

There are signs of hope in Syria, with small businesses opening, new churches being planted and more people coming to Christ than ever before as the 5 year anniversary of the civil war occurs on 15 March 2015, according to persecution charity Open Doors. Read more...


22 February 2016

Situation worsens for Christians in Bangladesh as Islamic State claims responsibility for the recent rise in violence

A rise in the number of violent attacks on Christians in Bangladesh is due to a campaign of destruction carried out by local Islamic fundamentalists, according to Open Doors, a charity that supports persecuted Christians worldwide. Read more...


13 January 2016

Syria and Iraq are the tip of the iceberg - global persecution of Christians more extreme than ever before says 2016 Open Doors World Watch List.

Religious fundamentalism is sweeping the globe according to figures released today as part of the Open Doors 2016 World Watch List. "Persecution levels have been rapidly rising. This year, a country had to score 50 per cent more points than in 2013 to even make it onto the list," says Open Doors CEO Lisa Pearce. "This is a cause of great concern." Read more...