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

Please pray
For the small group of believers in Afghanistan – to find strength, wisdom and supernatural peace in God's promises, and for those who are displaced because of the Taliban takeover.
Give thanks
That your gifts and prayers are helping believers like Anwar find hope and a new future at Centres of Hope run by Open Doors partners in Syria and Iraq.
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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.

Anwar Syria
Anwar (name changed) was disowned by his Muslim family when he became a Christian – but he found support and hope at a Centre of Hope run by Open Doors partners
Meet Anwar
 
Eun Hye North Korea
Not many people have escaped from prisons or labour camps in North Korea. Extraordinarily, Eun Hye has escaped twice. (Name changed for security.)
Meet Eun Hye
 
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
 
Joseph Syria
Joseph was helped by Open Doors partners – thanks to you – and has now been able to open a business. Syrian Christians like Joseph often face intense persecution for their faith.
More about Syria
 
Usha India
Indian Christians like Usha (name changed) are facing two crises: the effects of the pandemic and ongoing, violent persecution.
More on India
 
Adrian UK
Adrian did an amazing 60 challenges to fundraise for his persecuted church family – celebrating his 60th birthday.
Find out more
 
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
 
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.