World Watch Country Profiles 2015

The Open Doors World Watch List highlights 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.

The list reports that persecution became more intense in more parts of the world in 2014. While North Korea remains the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian, persecution is growing most rapidly in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. In the Middle East, Islamic State violence in Iraq and Syria has increased the pace of the exodus of the Christian population from the region and is also having a global impact.

Christians living in these countries need the support of their family, the body of Christ, to help them stand firm in their faith.

World Watch List 2015: Country Profiles

The 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe


Persecution Level:
Absolute
Extreme
Severe
Moderate

This map is based on the World Watch List - a ranking of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. The list is based on detailed information provided by Open Doors co-workers in over 65 countries, as well as independent experts. Data is gathered on five spheres of life – private, family, community, national and church life - plus a sixth sphere measuring the degree of violence.

 

WORLD WATCH GUIDE 2015

Discover the world of the persecuted church with our comprehensive guide of the top 50 countries where faith costs the most. The most rigorous and detailed report of its kind, the World Watch List uses data from Open Doors field workers and independent experts to track the deep structures of persecution, measuring the degree of freedom Christians have to live out their faith in five spheres of life – private, family, community, national and church life.

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"Despite all my suffering I love God with my whole heart. I am so grateful for Him."
- Chun, North Korean refugee