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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 schoolchildren who are still missing after Islamic militants Boko Haram abducted them in Kaduna, Nigeria.
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For women like Shanti in India, whom you helped escape violence from villagers who hate her Christian faith.
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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.

Vinita India
Vinita (name changed) was attacked in her own home by Hindu extremists. Indian Christians are facing two crises: pandemic and persecution.
Meet Vinita
 
Aman India
Aman is an Open Doors local partner, bringing vital relief, fellowship and hope to Indian Christians who are struck down not once but twice. (Name changed and image illustrative.)
Meet Aman
 
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
 
Kusum India
Kusum’s in-laws believed her faith had caused her husband’s death. But your support and prayers helped her see change – including her in-laws turning to Christ!
Meet Kusum
 
Usha India
Indian Christians like Usha (name changed) are facing two crises: the effects of the pandemic and ongoing, violent persecution.
More on India
 
Ella UK
Ella held a fundraising bake sale to raise money for her persecuted brothers and sisters around the world – thanks Ella!
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.