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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.

World Watch List Map
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 Christian children who face persecution for their faith, or because their family are Christians. Ask that God would show them his tender Fatherly love, and grow their faith.
Give thanks
Praise God that Iranian pastor Naser Navard Goltapeh was recently released from Evin Prison, after being pardoned by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei. He was imprisoned for running a house church.
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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

Valentina Colombia
Valentina (15) in Colombia is at risk from guerrilla gangs and indigenous groups because of her faith. It wouldn’t be safe for her to live at home.
Meet Valentina
 
Mimi Iraq
Mimi’s family had to flee so-called Islamic State in Iraq. She and Valentina in Colombia were able to write letters to each other.
Watch video
 
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
 
Daniel Iraq
Bishop Daniel (formerly Father Daniel) has shepherded his congregation in Iraq for many years. He shared at this year's Standing Strong annual gathering.
Meet Bishop Daniel
 
Elias Syria
Thanks to you, Elias is able to run a business as a taxi driver - just one way you're helping persecuted Christians have a long-term hope.
Meet Elias
 
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
 
Ella UK
Ella held a fundraising bake sale to raise money for her persecuted brothers and sisters around the world – thanks Ella!
Read more
 
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

 

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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.