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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
Open Doors' trauma centre in Nigeria aims to provide care for around 2,880 believers in the coming year, including widows, orphans and victims of violence. Ask the Lord to protect all who work there and give them wisdom and equipping.
Give thanks
Praise God that He is building His church in Eritrea. "Leaders are arrested, but other leaders come," says Pastor Gideon (name changed). "The church continues to produce leaders and disciples. Those who are not afraid of jails and death - that is the kind of generation the church has raised."
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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.

Mehr India
Mehr (name changed) in India was violently attacked for her faith - then denied treatment at hospital. Thanks to people like you, she is getting vital support.
Meet Mehr
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
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
Madhobi Bangladesh
Madhobi is one of the vulnerable Christians in Bangladesh benefiting from a goat-rearing project to generate income. “I am very happy. I am very lucky,” she says.
Meet Madhobi
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


Get involved

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