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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.

World Watch List Map
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 Sudan, facing a political crisis as several members of the transitional government have been seized by armed men. Pray for Christians in Sudan, and for peace and stability in the nation.
Give thanks
For the news that Leah Sharibu is still alive - four years after she was kidnapped by Islamic extremists Boko Haram, and held because of her 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.

Rafif Iraq
Rafif's father was killed for his faith - he saved a bus of Christian students who'd been targeted by Islamic extremists. Now Rafif finds hope and support thanks to you.
Meet Rafif
 
Sele Nigeria
Sele's dad was murdered for his faith when Sele was very young. Thanks to you, he is getting schooling and hope for the future.
Meet Sele
 
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.