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.
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The 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe
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.