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

Please pray
For the loved ones of 39 people murdered in Islamic extremist attacks in DRC last week, and for vulnerable believers to be protected.
Give thanks
That Sudanese Muslim and Christian religious leaders have agreed to join forces to promote religious freedom. An amazing 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
 
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
 
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
 
Sam UK
Sam 'donated his birthday', raising money for his persecuted church family by asking people to donate for his 21st.
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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
 
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.
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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.