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Over 340 million Christians are persecuted. 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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2021 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
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Prayer and praise

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That all women who are persecuted for their faith and vulnerable because of their gender will be seen, safe and empowered to fulfil their God-given potential.
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That your support is keeping tens of thousands of vulnerable believers alive with vital food and aid during the pandemic.
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Meet courageous Christians

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

Peninah Kenya
Peninah’s husband was killed by al-Shabaab. Your support meant she got livelihood training that helped restore her hope for the future.
Meet Peninah
 
Hajaratu Nigeria
Hajaratu was already widowed when she had to flee Fulani militants. Tragically, her young daughter drowned in the attempt to escape.
Meet Hajaratu
 
Rebecca North Korea
Rebecca (name changed) was a courageous fieldworker, practically and spiritually supporting North Korean women who have managed to flee the country.
Meet Rebecca
 
Tara India
Tara (name changed) was only a teenager when her family rejected her for becoming a Christian. She wasn’t allowed to talk to her family, or even use the same utensils.
Meet Tara
 
Amina Nigeria
Amina’s husband was killed by Islamic militants – and she was later kidnapped and held for a long time. All because they are Christians.
Meet Amina
 
Hannatu Nigeria
Hannatu was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Nigeria and held for two years. Many Christian women are persecuted for their faith and vulnerable for their gender.
Meet Hannatu
 
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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Islèm North Africa
When Islèm (name changed) became a Christian, she thought she was the only one in her country. In many parts of North Africa, most believers have to keep their faith secret.
Meet Islèm

 

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