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2014 World Watch List

Every day millions of Christians are persecuted because of their faith. The World Watch List ranks the 50 countries where persecution is most severe. Worldwide, the list reports that pressure on Christians intensified in 2013. The situation deteriorated most rapidly across North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf, in countries where sectarian violence has advanced unchecked by impotent central governments.

When you ask persecuted Christians what they need, almost without exception they answer, “Prayer.” Prayer is the one thing that border guards and religious police cannot keep out. Prayer reaches the most remote villages and infiltrates the most inaccessible labour camps. Prayer changes things. The church is shaken, bruised, grieving. But the church is growing. The church is enduring. The church is alive. And the church needs our prayer.

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The 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most severe


Persecution Level:   Absolute:Absolute   Extreme:Severe   Severe:Absolute   Moderate:Moderate   Sparse:Sparse

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.

2014 World Watch List: Country Profiles