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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.

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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 Christian children who face persecution for their faith, or because their family are Christians. Ask that God would show them his tender Fatherly love, and grow their faith.
Give thanks
Praise God that 11 more of the Chibok girls - now young women - have been released by their kidnappers, eight years after they were abducted. Please pray for their healing.
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Courageous Christian children

These young believers are bravely following Jesus despite enormous opposition, or raising support and awareness for the persecuted church. This is the worldwide family of Christians

Valentina Colombia
Valentina (15) in Colombia is at risk from guerrilla gangs and indigenous groups because of her faith. It wouldn’t be safe for her to live at home.
Meet Valentina
 
Mimi Iraq
Mimi’s family had to flee so-called Islamic State in Iraq. She and Valentina in Colombia were able to write letters to each other.
Watch video
 
Elizabeth Colombia
BElizabeth (6) is from Colombia. Her parents work at the Children’s Centre run by Open Doors local partners. “When it’s dark, Jesus makes sure I don’t fall,” she says.
Meet Elizabeth
 
Apo Syria
Apo's father was kidnapped when Apo was very young, and he and his mum Jina haven't heard anything about him since. Your support is giving Apo education, a home and joyful hope.
Meet Apo
 
Kaaren Iran
Kaaren (13) is from Iran but had to flee to Turkey when he was five. “In the difficult moments, the only thing that helped us was Jesus."
Meet Kaaren
 
Irene Egypt
Irene (11) lives in Egypt, where Christians are typically treated as second-class citizens. “Jesus is love and my country needs love,” she says.
Meet Irene
 
Ella UK
Ella held a fundraising bake sale to raise money for her persecuted brothers and sisters around the world – thanks Ella!
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Sham Syria
Sham (11) in Syria has faced persecution, and wants persecutors to know about Jesus: "God can light up your lives as well if you want to let Him do that.”
Meet Sham

 

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