Top 50 Countries Where Persecution of Christians Is Strongest: Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List is Released

This past year, for the 3rd year in a row, persecution of Christians has hit a record high worldwide.

Open Doors has released its 2017 World Watch List (WWL) and cites increasing concerns for Asia along with the Middle East, due to both ethnic nationalism and Islamic extremism.

“The annual list examines the pressures faced by Christians in five spheres of life (private, family, community, national, and church), plus levels of religiously motivated violence, in order to rank the top 50 countries where ‘Christians face the most persecution.’”
The top 10 nations where it is most dangerous and difficult to practice the Christian faith are:

North Korea
Somalia
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Sudan
Syria
Iraq
Iran
Yemen
Eritrea

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