Over 260 million Christians are persecuted. They follow Jesus, no matter the cost. With your help, we're bringing them hope and resources.

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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.

World Watch List

Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution.

World Watch List Map
World Watch List Map
Levels of persecution:
  •   Extreme
  •   Very High
  •   High
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2020 ranking
  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
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Prayer and praise

Please pray
That the UK Government would quickly replace the crucial role of PM's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Give thanks
That the transitional government in Sudan has pledged to end 30 years of Islamic law - a wonderful answer to prayer!
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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.

George Syria
Vulnerable Christians in Syria are facing a new threat after years of war, bombing and persecution. Pastor George is bringing vital help and hope to his community in Qamishli.
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Nisreen Syria
Believers like Nisreen are getting vital food and aid from Open Doors partners in Syria, thanks to your gifts and prayers. See how Open Doors partners are bringing hope to Syria.
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Rose Nigeria
Rose lost her husband and her livelihood. But not her faith in God. Rose is in one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. Rose’s husband Matthew was killed.
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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
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Mathi Iraq
Mathi and his family had to flee Qaraqosh when so-called Islamic State attacked. Now, with your help, his family have been able to return and rebuild.
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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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Naomi Indonesia
During Covid-19, Naomi in Indonesia makes masks for her community, using skills she learned at an Open Doors' Women's Training Centre in 2018.
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Mike UK
Mike has raised money for his persecuted family by doing the Great North Run for Open Doors. “We’re one worldwide body of brothers and sisters connected by a single heartbeat: Jesus.”
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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.