Over 340 million Christians are persecuted. They follow Jesus, no matter the cost. With your help, we're bringing them hope and resources.

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World Watch List

Open Doors’ annual ranking of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.

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World Watch List Map
Levels of persecution:
  •   Extreme
  •   Very High
  •   High
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2021 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
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Prayer and praise

Please pray
That all MPs who attended the World Watch List 2021 launch would be equipped and informed to tackle the issue of Christian persecution.
Give thanks
That Bakhit - an Egyptian Christian who was abducted four months ago - has been safely returned to his family.
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Meet courageous Christians

These believers are bravely following Jesus despite enormous opposition, or raising support and awareness for the persecuted church. This is the worldwide family of Christians.

Simon North Korea
Brother Simon courageously works with North Korean Christians, through secret networks in China (name changed; image illustrative).
Meet Simon
 
Hajaratu Nigeria
Hajaratu was already widowed when she had to flee Fulani militants. Tragically, her young daughter drowned in the attempt to escape.
Meet Hajaratu
 
Jeremiah Nigeria
Pastor Jeremiah (name changed) helps look after the vulnerable believers in his northern Nigerian community. He is on the cover of this year’s Top 50 resource.
Explore the Top 50
 
Mojtaba Iran
Mojtaba spent many years in prison for his faith, including extended periods in solitary confinement. His faith sustained him through this persecution.
Meet Mojtaba
 
Peninah Kenya
Peninah’s husband was killed by al-Shabaab. Your support meant she got livelihood training that helped restore her hope for the future.
Meet Peninah
 
Rohan India
Rohan (name changed) and his community in India already suffered a great deal of persecution for their faith. Covid-19 made their struggles even harder.
Meet Rohan
 
Peter North Korea
Peter (name changed) is a courageous fieldworker supporting North Korean Christians who have managed to flee the country.
Meet Peter
 
Islèm North Africa
When Islèm (name changed) became a Christian, she thought she was the only one in her country. In many parts of North Africa, most believers have to keep their faith secret.
Meet Islèm

 

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Your support helps persecuted Christians continue to courageously follow Jesus.
Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.