Open Doors has released the 2021 World Watch List, documenting the 50 most dangerous countries in which to be a Christian. The report reveals 1 in 8 Christians worldwide suffer high levels of persecution. Every day on average, 13 Christians are murdered for their faith.
The total number of Christians killed for their faith rose 60% in 2020, and 91% of these killings occurred in African countries like Nigeria. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created an environment and excuse to blame Christians and other religious minorities.
Bruce Allen of FMI says, “The scores are getting worse, especially when you analyze figures from the last 10-15 years or so. Take a country that may have been in position 20. Now, the country that would hold that position has a much higher score in regards to that discrimination and persecution. So while there’s still only 50 countries ever in that list, the situations in those countries are becoming much more severe.”
Here are the top ten most dangerous countries:
- North Korea
See the full top 50 list and get more information here.
China entered the top 20 for the first time in a decade, due to its treatment of Uighur Muslims and other religious minorities. In addition, China’s massive use of digital surveillance technology has caused a lot of concern for religious freedom.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the risen Christ to give His people all around the world comfort and courage.
- Consider supporting ministries like FMI that work with Christians in many of these countries.