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World Watch List

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

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Levels of persecution:
  •   Extreme
  •   Very High
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2023 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Somalia
  3. Yemen
  4. Eritrea
  5. Libya
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World Watch List top 10

These are the ten countries where Christians risk most for following Jesus.
Follow the link to find more about each country.

1. N.Korea
Being discovered as a Christian in North Korea means being killed or sent to an appalling political prison.
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2. Somalia
Insurgent group al-Shabaab are intensifying their violent hunt for Christians.
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3. Yemen
Yemen is strongly tribal and it’s illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity.
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4. Eritrea
At least a thousand Eritrea Christians are being held in prison for their faith.
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5. Libya
Libya is effectively a lawless land where native and migrant Christians face extreme danger.
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6. Nigeria
More Christians were killed for their faith in Nigeria last year than the rest of the world combined.
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7. Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are considered second-class citizens and face discrimination in every aspect of life.
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8. Iran
Iran is ruled by an increasingly strict Islamic regime, which views Iranian house churches as a threat.
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9. Afghanistan
Afghan Christians remain in grave danger. Many have fled or been forced further underground, making them less visible for attack.
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10. Sudan
Once a ‘good news story’, instability in Sudan has led to Christian persecution intensifying.
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