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

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

World Watch List

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

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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

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For Christians caught up in the ongoing conflict in Myanmar, who are worried that it will exacerbate the persecution they already face.
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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.

Taher Middle East
Taher was arrested by the secret police for leading a house church. He was ruthlessly interrogated, and the police tried to force him to give up believers’ names.
Meet Taher
 
Saghar Iran
Saghar’s house church was raided – but thankfully she knew her legal rights, and managed to avoid immediate arrest. Then she fled Iran.
Meet Saghar
 
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
 
Kusum India
Kusum’s in-laws believed her faith had caused her husband’s death. But your support and prayers helped her see change – including her in-laws turning to Christ!
More on India
 
Mojtaba Iran
Mojtaba spent years in a terrible prison in Iran, because of his faith. But he has seen God work through this: "Persecution will take the gospel to places where nothing else can!"
Meet Mojtaba
 
Hannatu Nigeria
Hannatu was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Nigeria and held for two years. Many Christian women are persecuted for their faith and vulnerable for their gender.
Meet Hannatu
 
Ella UK
Ella held a fundraising bake sale to raise money for her persecuted brothers and sisters around the world – thanks Ella!
Read more
 
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.