// World Watch List


  • Leader: President Abdul Hamid
  • Population: 164.8 million (866,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy
  • World Watch List Rank: 26
  • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/ Religious nationalism

As the real threat of militant Islamism in Bangladesh grows, so do the violent attacks on Christians.

Four Christians were murdered in 2016 amidst a string of killings of religious minorities, secularists and political activists by Islamist militants - some with links to so-called Islamic State. Converts from Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism come under pressure from their families and communities to reconvert. Some experience unemployment, divorce, threats and even violence - such as rape - when their faith becomes known.

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Please Pray 

  • For Christians who have left their communities because of pressure to reconvert, and for Open Doors workers providing assistance and relief to believers
  • That Christians who are mentally and physically abused would know God's healing and stand firm in their faith
  • That the ruling coalition government, the Awami League (AL), will govern the country with wisdom and justice.


How we help

Christians in Bangladesh contend with the reality of persecution every day. Open Doors works together with local churches to supports persecuted believers through:

  • Equipping and training Christian believers, with special emphasis on emerging leadership and believers from a Muslim background
  • Providing Bibles (including study Bibles for graduates) and other Christian literature
  • Providing assistance through literacy and socio-economic development
  • Providing advocacy and immediate relief to victims of persecution
  • Preparing believers to deal with persecution through Standing Strong Through the Storm seminars.

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