Each year, Open Doors UK publishes a World Watch List of places around the world where it is the most dangerous to be a Christian. In these countries, Christian’s face detention, violence and abuse for their religion. The number one most dangerous country on the list is North Korea, which has held the top spot for 18 years.
There are estimated to be between 200,000 and 400,000 Christians in North Korea.
However, the exact figure is unknown as Christians in North Korea must keep their faith completely secret.
An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians in the secretive state are detained in labour camps, where torture and hard labour are commonplace.
One Christian told Open Doors UK: “One day the borders will open and we will unite with the South Korean and the Chinese church to bring the gospel to some of the darkest places on this earth.”
In Afghanistan, ranked second on the World Watch List, Christians also keep their faith a secret.
Should a Christian be discovered, Open Doors UK reports they: “may be sent to a mental hospital – their families believe no sane person would leave Islam.
“They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban.
The top 11 most dangerous countries to be a Christian are:
- North Korea
These are all ranked as having extreme levels of persecution according to Open Doors UK.
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SOURCE: The Express, Georgina Laud