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Over 360 million Christians suffer persecution and discrimination. 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.

World Watch List Map
World Watch List Map
Levels of persecution:
  •   Extreme
  •   Very High
  •   High
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2022 ranking
  1. Afghanistan
  2. North Korea
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Yemen
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Prayer and praise

Please pray
Pray for Christians in Syria and Iraq to have lasting hope - that they would be able to rebuild their homes and livelihoods, and be the voice of hope and the light of Christ to their communities.
Give thanks
Praise God that Centres of Hope - run by Open Doors partners - are changing lives in the Middle East. That includes more than a million food packages in Syria, and 2,000 homes rebuilt in Iraq. Hallelujah!
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Ambassadors of Christ

“We are the ambassadors of Christ,” says Pastor Edward, an Open Doors partner in Syria.
These courageous Christians are bringing the light of Christ to the Middle East.

Edward Syria
Pastor Edward is an Open Doors partner running a Centre of Hope in Syria - bringing spiritual and practical support to his community, including many persecuted Christians.
Meet Pastor Edward
 
Vian Iraq
Vian found trauma care at an Open Doors Centre of Hope after she had to flee so-called Islamic State. Now she's able to give that trauma support to others.
Meet Vian
 
Elias Syria
Thanks to you, Elias is able to run a business as a taxi driver - just one way you're helping persecuted Christians have a long-term hope.
Meet Elias
 
Ferial Syria
To save their lives, Ferial and her family uprooted their lives in Aleppo, Syria, and fled to Latakia. Now Ferial has found peace and purpose thanks to a Centre of Hope.
Meet Ferial
 
Daniel Iraq
Bishop Daniel (formerly Father Daniel) has shepherded his congregation in Iraq for many years. He shares at this year's Standing Strong annual gathering.
Meet Bishop Daniel
 
Iktimal Syria
Iktimal lost everything when Islamic militants targeted her Christian village. She found hope at a Centre of Hope - where she now works, supporting children's work.
Meet Iktimal
 
Joseph Syria
Joseph was helped by Open Doors partners – thanks to you – and has now been able to open a business. Syrian Christians like Joseph often face intense persecution for their faith.
More about Syria
 
Bae North Korea
Bae (name changed) has a life sentence of backbreaking labour and starvation – all because she was found with a Bible. Read her story of fleeing North Korea, and choosing to go back.
Meet Bae

 

Get involved

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