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SIX STEPS FOR SURVIVING IN NORTH KOREA

North Korea is once again the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. It's number one on the World Watch List, Open Doors' annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution, and it's been number one every year since 2002.

Why has it been number one for so long?

 


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"Prayer and giving money often feels like it is too easy, but it's not! It is making a huge difference in places like this"
- Lydia, Open Doors representative visiting Erbil, Iraq
 
  • 90 parliamentarians attend launch of 2018 World Watch List

    18 January 2018 -

    At least 90 parliamentarians, including 83 MPs, attended the launch of the 2018 World Watch List in parliament yesterday, which was hosted by Theresa Villiers MP. Parliamentarians and other guests heard testimonies from Michael*, a Christian business man from Egypt, Hannah* from Pakistan, and Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland, who called on parliamentarians to act on behalf of persecuted Christians.

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  • World Watch List launch in Parliament today

    17 January 2018 -

    This afternoon the Open Doors team is presenting the 2018 World Watch List in Parliament. Please pray for the impact of this event.

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  • Public and private demonstrations of faith more difficult in Pakistan

    16 January 2018 -

    In Pakistan more Christians were abducted, more Christians were forced to marry and more churches were attacked than in any other country on the World Watch List.

    All Christians in Pakistan suffer from institutionalised discrimination, with occupations that are seen as low, dirty and derogatory being officially reserved for Christians, most of whom are from the poorer classes. There are reports of Christians being treated aggressively simply for wearing a cross, and cars with Christian stickers are more likely to be stopped by the police.

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  • China demolishes second church in a month

    16 January 2018 -

    Chinese authorities have demolished the Golden Lampstand Protestant Church in Linfen city, China, ahead of new regulations on religious affairs that will come into force on 1 February 2018.

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  • Christian shot and killed outside his shop in Egypt

    16 January 2018 -

    Another Christian was killed in the town of al-Arish, northern Sinai governorate, on Saturday 13 January. Bassem Shehata Haraz returned to al-Arish six months ago, after fleeing earlier violent attacks against Christians in February 2017.
     

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  • India: Temporary Christmas release of Christians renews debate about false convictions

    16 January 2018 -

    Two of seven Indian Christians who have spent nearly a decade in prison were granted temporary parole over the Christmas period to spend time with their families. The Christians were convicted of murdering a Hindu leader in 2008 – a murder which sparked the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history. But evidence seems to be mounting that their convictions – and those of the other five defendants – may be false. 

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  • Christians in Egypt face unprecedented levels of persecution and suppression according to Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List.

    10 January 2018 -

    Christians in Egypt and Turkey face unprecedented levels of persecution and suppression according to the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List. Last year over 200 Christians were driven out of their homes in Egypt and 128 were killed for their faith.

    Across the Middle East the situation has deteriorated for Christians as hard-line strict Islamic views have become more widely held. Violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists is raising levels of fear and intimidation, and the overspill of Islamic terrorists driven out of Iraq and Syria has heralded an increase in the level of threat in Egypt.

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  • American pastor imprisoned in Turkey says 'thank you' for prayers

    08 January 2018 -

    Andrew Brunson, pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church, was arrested on 7 October 2016 on claims of links to 'armed terrorist organisations'. He remains in prison in Izmir despite US requests for his release. Andrew’s wife has released a note from Andrew thanking people for their continued prayers.

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  • The World Watch What? Everything you need to know about the World Watch List

    05 January 2018 -

    The World Watch List is Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. Here’s everything you need to know about the World Watch List.

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  • Six steps for surviving in North Korea

    04 January 2018 -

    North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.And yet, incredibly, the church in North Korea is growing – Open Doors estimates that there are 300,000 courageous believers in North Korea. In such an oppressive state, this should be impossible. How do they survive?

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  • Egypt: Two more Christians die in another shooting

    03 January 2018 -

    Two more Christians have been killed in another attack on a Christian shop in Cairo, Egypt. 

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  • North Korea: Illegal Bible led Kim Sang-Hwa to Jesus

    03 January 2018 -

    Kim Sang-Hwa* is the daughter of a North Korean church leader. For a long time she didn't know that her parents were believers. But one day, she found a hidden Bible in their home - a discovery that could have cost her life.

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  • Egypt: Christians massacred as they leave church

    03 January 2018 -

    Nine people are dead after Christians leaving a church service in Egypt were gunned down by extremists. At least two assailants appear to have opened fire on worshippers as they left the Mar Mina Church in Helwan district on the morning of 29 December. Prior to arriving at the church, at least one of the church attackers first fired on a Coptic-owned appliance shop, killing two sons of the owner.

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  • North Korea: Hannah's story of secrets, spies and standing firm

    27 December 2017 -

    Hannah’s mother was a secret believer, but Hannah didn’t know much about her faith when she was growing up. All Hannah knew was that her mother was always praying to someone she called ‘Hanonim’ – which means ‘Lord’. Eventually, Hannah was able to hear the gospel, and decided to follow Jesus too – but her faith came at a price. This is Hannah’s story.

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  • Christmas in North Korea: the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian

    24 December 2017 -

    Christians in North Korea are not free to celebrate Christmas. Christianity is seen as an American religion and blamed for the fall of Communism in Europe. Anyone who wishes to celebrate the birth of Jesus must do so in complete secret.

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  • Christians warned not to celebrate Christmas after carolers arrested in India

    20 December 2017 -

    An Indian man who claimed a group of carol singers illegally converted him has now said he is a member of the militant Hindu group Bajrang Dal and is unwilling to confirm his allegation against the Christian carolers. Since the incident a right-wing Hindu nationalist group in Uttar Pradesh has warned Christian schools in one of the state’s largest cities not to celebrate Christmas.

     

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  • Christmas in a closed country: how Christians secretly celebrate in Saudi Arabia

    19 December 2017 -

    Officially Christians in Saudi Arabia aren’t free to celebrate Christmas. Incredibly, migrant Christians working and living there manage to gather in secret. Open Doors workers visited a group of Indian believers living in Saudi Arabia and joined their annual Christmas service to pray and celebrate with them.

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  • Pakistan update: Open Doors partners help victims of church bomb attack

    19 December 2017 -

    Open Doors has received an update from our partners ministering to the victims of the bomb attack on a church in Quetta, Pakistan, which killed at least nine Christians.

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  • Christians prepare to celebrate their first Christmas back in Qaraqosh, Iraq

    19 December 2017 -

    A young Christian woman named Merna says, “We waited for three years. This year Christmas will be very different because we have returned to our town Baghdeda (the local name for Qaraqosh). Being able to go to church and seeing that there are people who are celebrating Christmas is something great."

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  • Carol singers arrested and held in India on anti-conversion charges

    18 December 2017 -

    A group of carol singers have been arrested in India after they were accused of trying to convert people to Christianity.The carol singers, one of whom is a professor at a Catholic theological college, insisted they were only singing songs, but a Hindu man alleged he had been told to ‘worship Jesus Christ’ and offered money to convert to Christianity. 

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  • Father Daniel meets with Prime Minister Theresa May

    15 December 2017 -

    Father Daniel, an Open Doors partner from Erbil, Iraq, had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday 13th December. At the time that the meeting with the Prime Minister was taking place, around 75 Open Doors supporters gathered in Parliament Square, dressed as nativity-style Marys and Josephs, to demonstrate that Christians are still looking for ‘room’ in the Middle East today. Later in the day, Father Daniel addressed MPs in a briefing hosted by Dame Caroline Spelman MP and Kate Green MP. The event was entitled ‘Hope for the Middle East: What next for Iraq and Syria?’

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  • Syrian Christians to hold day of prayer and unity

    15 December 2017 -

    Syrian believers will be on their knees in united prayer on Saturday 16 December. In the main cities of the country, meetings will be held in churches of different denominations to underline the unity of the body of Christ on that day.

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  • LIVE: Hope for the Middle East Petition Presented to UK Government

    13 December 2017 -

    Live: Latest news as Open Doors presents the Hope for the Middle East petition to the UK government.

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  • Hope For the Middle East petition Presented at the UN

    13 December 2017 - A delegation from Open Doors, led by twelve-year-old Noeh from Iraq, has presented the Hope for the Middle East petition to the UN in New York. Read more
     
  • Noeh says ‘Thank you’ to all who signed the Hope for the Middle East petition

    12 December 2017 -

    Noeh, a 12-year-old boy from Karamles, Iraq, has thanked the 808,172 people who signed the Hope for the Middle East petition as he visits New York to present the petition to the UN.

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"God has called me to stay here and be his witness. I cannot leave the other Christians behind."
- Eun Hee, Christian martyr from North Korea