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The Most Dangerous Countries for Christians



More than 200 million Christians–or one in 12 worldwide– are persecuted for their faith.

The most dangerous place for Christians is North Korea, but most of the worst nations for Christians are Muslim.

Open Doors USA’s 2017 World Watch List has found that Christian persecution rose globally in 2016 for the third year in a row.  The survey is a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated.

Somalia and Afghanistan were second and third worst.

Pakistan rose to No. 4 and had the overall highest level of violence. Sudan was fifth.

Open Doors says “Islamic extremism remains the global dominant driver of persecution, responsible for initiating oppression and conflict in 35 out of the 50 countries on the list.”

Approximately 1,329 churches were attacked or damaged, worldwide.

Afghanistan, Maldives, North Korea, Somalia, Turkmenistan and Yemen are the most dangerous countries to own a Bible, because Christians are killed or put in labor camps if caught with one.

Believers also face torture, beheadings, rape, and the loss of their homes.

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