Over 260 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 50 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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2020 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
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Prayer and praise

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For persecuted Christian children around the world to find peace and stability, and to grow in faith and love of God.
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That the transitional government in Sudan has pledged to end 30 years of Islamic law - a wonderful answer to prayer!
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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.

Daniela Colombia
Daniela’s father, Pastor Plinio, was murdered by a drug gang because of his faith. She’s only 12, but lives with the fear that following Jesus might cost her everything.
Meet Daniela
 
Raj India
A crowd of 80 attacked Pastor Raj, forcibly shaving his head to shame him. They falsely accused him of tricking people into conversions, and made a false police report.
Meet Christians in India
 
Bijli Bangladesh
Bijli (whose real name we can’t use) is only 10 – but she knows that following Jesus can mean being bullied at school and ostracised in your community.
Meet Bijli
 
Eun Hye North Korea
Not many people have escaped from prisons or labour camps in North Korea. Extraordinarily, Eun Hye has escaped twice. (Name changed for security.)
Meet Eun Hye
 
Debbie Sri Lanka
Debbie lost her parents and her eyesight in the horrific church bombings in Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday 2019. Her faith in Jesus remains strong. “I am excited for when Jesus will come!” she says.
Meet Debbie
 
Nick UK
Nick is cycling the Tour de France and swimming the channel – without leaving the UK! Find out how you can fundraise for your persecuted family.
Find out more
 
Naomi Indonesia
During Covid-19, Naomi in Indonesia makes masks for her community, using skills she learned at an Open Doors' Women's Training Centre in 2018.
Meet Naomi
 
Meet Mike UK
Mike has raised money for his persecuted family by doing the Great North Run for Open Doors. “We’re one worldwide body of brothers and sisters connected by a single heartbeat: Jesus.”
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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.