As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
The 2016 Open Doors World Watch List
The Open Doors World Watch List highlights the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. Using data gathered from independent experts and – crucially – from Open Doors workers on the ground, the World Watch List tracks the degree of freedom Christians have to follow their faith. It's a unique, in-depth record of the places where faith costs the most.
The fact is that, globally, persecution of Christians is increasing. From North Korea to Nigeria, from Syria to Somalia, from Colombia to Cameroon, Christians face unprecedented dangers and challenges. But the thing to remember is that, even in these places, there is faith to be found. The church may be persecuted, it may be suppressed, attacked, vilified, lied about. But it has not been, and will never be, destroyed.
We hope that you will use the information in the World Watch List to inform your prayers and support for the persecuted church. They need our help. And your prayers and gifts make a difference.
"This period of suffering has been going on too long in North Korea, but we are encouraged to go forward with our goal in Christ every day. Why? We have the prayers and support from believers all around the world." - North Korean pastor
World Watch List Country Profiles
In this section you can find detailed country-specific information on the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. These are the places where followers of Christ must keep their beliefs hidden and where living the gospel means facing beatings, imprisonment, discrimination and abuse.
World Watch List Resources
A range of World Watch List resources to inspire committed prayer and action on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world. Order your free copy of the 2016 Open Doors World Watch Guide, download a copy of the Advocacy Report and find out about the World Watch List resources for churches, youth groups and children.
2016 – The Year of the Refugee
Perhaps the defining image of the past year has been that of the refugee. The images that we associate with the refugee crisis are largely defined by events in the Middle East. Yet the truth is that this is a global phenomenon. Throughout the world, people are on the move – and millions of them are Christians.
World Watch List - Key Facts
A bullet point summary of the key findings of the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List. Which countries have risen the most on the list? Which places have the highest levels of violence?
This article looks at what the 2016 World Watch List reveals about the trends in global persecution. For millions of Christians around the world, it has been a 'year of fear'. But there is light in the darkness. Where there is great fear, there is also great faith.
The Faces behind the Figures
The World Watch List is about the big picture – the facts and figures, the global trends. But the big picture is made up of millions of individual faces. Here are six representatives of persecuted Christians from around the world who really need your prayers and support.
About the World Watch List
The Open Doors World Watch List is the only index of its kind in the world. But how is it put together? How do you measure persecution? And what's the difference between 'smash' and squeeze'?
to be part of Christ's suffering."