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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 the family and friends of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student in Nigeria who was murdered after she shared a message with her WhatsApp group praising Jesus for helping her with her exams.
Give thanks
Earlier this year, Open Doors partners in Asia ran a programme for new Christians. It was attended by 19 people, including six non-Christians. During the event, four gave their lives to Jesus and got baptised!
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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 family of Christians.

Andrew Nigeria
Pastor Andrew’s village in Nigeria was devastated by Islamic extremists. But he and his church rebuilt a place to worship.
Meet Pastor Andrew
 
Charity Nigeria
Charity’s village was attack by Islamic militants Boko Haram. Now, thanks to your prayers and gifts, she and her family are receiving healing through Open Doors trauma care.
Meet Charity
 
Rebekah Sri Lanka
Rebekah was badly injured in the Easter church bombings in Sri Lanka, and several close relatives were killed. Today, she is still faithfully following the Lord.
Meet Rebekah
 
Ruth Nigeria
Ruth was kidnapped by Islamic militants in 2014, and held captive for years. Eventually she was able to escape, and is now healing from her trauma with help from Open Doors.
Meet Ruth
 
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
 
Pengdwende Burkina Faso
Pastor Pengdwende had to flee his community in Burkina Faso, along with many other believers, after violent jihadist attacks.
More on Burkina Faso
 
Praba Sri Lanka
“People who had never even seen us were praying for us when we could not.” Praba is so grateful for your prayers, after her son was killed in a church bombing.
Meet Praba
 
Bae North Korea
Bae (name changed) has a life sentence of backbreaking labour and starvation – all because she was found with a Bible. Read her story of fleeing North Korea, and choosing to go back.
Meet Bae

 

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