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Over 365 million Christians face persecution and discrimination - that's one in seven believers worldwide. You can stand with believers counting the highest cost for following Jesus.

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World Watch List

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

World Watch List Map
World Watch List Map
Levels of persecution:
  •   Extreme
  •   Very High
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2024 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Somalia
  3. Libya
  4. Eritrea
  5. Yemen
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World Watch List top 10

These are the ten countries where Christians risk most for following Jesus.
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1. N.Korea
Being discovered as a Christian in North Korea means being killed or sent to an appalling political prison.
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2. Somalia
Insurgent group al-Shabaab are intensifying their violent hunt for Christians.
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3. Libya
Libya is effectively a lawless land where native and migrant Christians face extreme danger.
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4. Eritrea
At least a thousand Eritrea Christians are being held in prison for their faith.
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5. Yemen
Yemen is strongly tribal and it’s illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity.
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6. Nigeria
More Christians were killed for their faith in Nigeria last year than the rest of the world combined.
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7. Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are considered second-class citizens and face discrimination in every aspect of life.
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8. Sudan
Once a ‘good news story’, instability in Sudan has led to Christian persecution intensifying.
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9. Iran
Iran is ruled by an increasingly strict Islamic regime, which views Iranian house churches as a threat.
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10. Afghanistan
The Taliban continue to target Christians and many believers have had to flee the country.
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Your support helps persecuted Christians continue to courageously follow Jesus.
Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.