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World Watch List

Open Doors’ annual ranking of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.

Bangladesh Capital city – Dhaka Christian Population – 168,957,745 Burkina Faso Capital city – Ouagadougou Christian Population – 22 Brunei Capital city – Bandar Seri Begawan Christian Population – 422,675 Bhutan Capital city – Thimphu Christian Population – 796 Central African Republic Capital city – Bangui Christian Population – 4,216,666 Cuba Capital city – Havana Christian Population – 11,239,004 Eritrea Capital city – Asmara Christian Population – 3,817,651 Indonesia Capital city – Jakarta Christian Population – 267,663,435 Myanmar Capital city – Naypyidaw Christian Population – 54,409,800 Mauritania Capital city – Nouakchott Christian Population – 3,359,185 Mexico Capital city – Mexico City Christian Population – 126,577,691 Niger Capital city – Niamey Christian Population – 24,206,644 Oman Capital city – Muscat Christian Population – 3,424,386 Qatar Capital city – Doha Christian Population – 2,795,484 Somalia Capital city – Mogadishu Christian Population – 10,251,568 Syria Capital city – Damascus Christian Population – 22,142,061 Tajikistan Capital city – Dushanbe Christian Population – 7,417,400 Vietnam Capital city – Hanoi Christian Population – 97,338,579 Yemen Capital city – Sanaa Christian Population – 25,408,000 Ethiopia Capital city – Addis Ababa Christian Population – 112,269,301 Mali Capital city – Bamako Christian Population – 20,250,833 Turkey Capital city – Ankara Christian Population – 80,810,525 Turkmenistan Capital city – Ashgabat Christian Population – 5,942,000 Tunisia Capital city – Tunis Christian Population – 11,403,800 North Korea Capital city – Pyongyang Christian Population – 25,713,000 China Capital city – Peking Christian Population – 1,412,600,000 Colombia Capital city – Bogotá Christian Population – 51,895,000 Morocco Capital city – Rabat Christian Population – 36,910,560 Algeria Capital city – Algeria Christian Population – 43,851,044 Libya Capital city – Tripoli Christian Population – 5,670,688 Sudan Capital city – Khartoum Christian Population – 43,849,260 Saudi Arabia Capital city – Riyadh Christian Population – 34,218,000 Iraq Capital city – Baghdad Christian Population – 39,127,900 Jordan Capital city – Amman Christian Population – 6,500,000 Iran Capital city – Tehran Christian Population – 79,966,230 Malaysia Capital city – Kuala Lumpur Christian Population – 27,140,000 Mozambique Capital city – Maputo Christian Population – 28,829,476 DRC Capital city – Kinshasa Christian Population – 89,561,403 Nigeria Capital city – Abuja Christian Population – 206,139,589 Nicaragua Capital city – Managua Christian Population – 6,751,000 Cameroon Capital city – Yaounde Christian Population – 16,322,000 Kazakhstan Capital city – Nur-Sultan Christian Population – 18,690,115 Laos Capital city – Vientiane Christian Population – 6,477,211 Uzbekistan Capital city – Toshkent Christian Population – 31,100,500 Afghanistan Capital city – Kabul Christian Population – 33,928,493 Pakistan Capital city – Islamabad Christian Population – 206,139,589 India Capital city – New Delhi Christian Population – 1,414,843,757 Egypt Capital city – Cairo Christian Population – 113,701,707
Bangladesh World Watch – 26 Christian Population – 168,957,745 Burkina Faso World Watch – 20 Christian Population – 22 Brunei World Watch – 44 Christian Population – 422,675 Bhutan World Watch – 36 Christian Population – 796 Central African Republic World Watch – 28 Christian Population – 4,216,666 Cuba World Watch – 22 Christian Population – 11,239,004 Eritrea World Watch – 4 Christian Population – 3,817,651 Indonesia World Watch – 42 Christian Population – 267,663,435 Sri Lanka Capital City – Colombo Population – 21,919,000 Myanmar World Watch – 17 Christian Population – 54,409,800 Mauritania World Watch – 23 Christian Population – 3,359,185 Mexico World Watch – 37 Christian Population – 126,577,691 Niger World Watch – 27 Christian Population – 24,206,644 Oman World Watch – 31 Christian Population – 3,424,386 Qatar World Watch – 40 Christian Population – 2,795,484 Somalia World Watch – 2 Christian Population – 10,251,568 Syria World Watch – 12 Christian Population – 22,142,061 Tajikistan World Watch – 46 Christian Population – 7,417,400 Vietnam World Watch – 35 Christian Population – 97,338,579 Yemen World Watch – 5 Christian Population – 25,408,000 Ethiopia World Watch – 32 Christian Population – 112,269,301 Mali World Watch – 14 Christian Population – 20,250,833 Turkey World Watch – 50 Christian Population – 80,810,525 Turkmenistan World Watch – 29 Christian Population – 5,942,000 Tunisia World Watch – 33 Christian Population – 11,403,800 North Korea World Watch – 1 Christian Population – 25,713,000 Kuwait Capital City – Kuwait City Population – 4,052,584 China World Watch – 19 Christian Population – 1,412,600,000 Colombia World Watch – 34 Christian Population – 51,895,000 Morocco World Watch – 24 Christian Population – 36,910,560 Algeria World Watch – 15 Christian Population – 43,851,044 Libya World Watch – 3 Christian Population – 5,670,688 Sudan World Watch – 8 Christian Population – 43,849,260 Saudi Arabia World Watch – 13 Christian Population – 34,218,000 Iraq World Watch – 16 Christian Population – 39,127,900 Jordan World Watch – 48 Christian Population – 6,500,000 Iran World Watch – 9 Christian Population – 79,966,230 Malaysia World Watch – 49 Christian Population – 27,140,000 Mozambique World Watch – 39 Christian Population – 28,829,476 DRC World Watch – 41 Christian Population – 89,561,403 Nigeria World Watch – 6 Christian Population – 206,139,589 Nicaragua World Watch – 30 Christian Population – 6,751,000 Cameroon World Watch – 43 Christian Population – 16,322,000 Kazakhstan World Watch – 47 Christian Population – 18,690,115 Laos World Watch – 21 Christian Population – 6,477,211 Uzbekistan World Watch – 25 Christian Population – 31,100,500 Afghanistan World Watch – 10 Christian Population – 33,928,493 Pakistan World Watch – 7 Christian Population – 206,139,589 India World Watch – 11 Christian Population – 1,414,843,757 Nepal Capital City – Kathmandu Population – 28,825,709 Egypt World Watch – 38 Christian Population – 113,701,707
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    Courageous Christians

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

    Khada Afghanistan
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    Zachariah Nigeria
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    Elmahdi Morocco
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    Laxman India
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    Simin Iran
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