One in eight Christians are persecuted for their faith this year. That’s 260 million worldwide.
There has been an alarming increase of Christian persecution worldwide the last years. The yearly report from Open Doors this year revealed that over 260 million Christians suffered severe persecution during 2019.
That’s one in eight Christians in the world today.
This is an increase from the year before, where a whopping 245 million suffered severe persecution.
The map above shows the 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus.
North Korea tops the World Watch list in 2020 again – a title the country has had for many years.
But if we look closer at the list, we see that North Koreais closely followed by Afghanistan and Somalia.
North Korea got 94 points, whilst Afghanistan got 93 and Somalia 92.
The worst countries are clearly seen in the map: the communist countries and the middle-eastern and North African countries. But India has become increasingly bad the last years as well.
Nigeria has got some attention recently, because of the alarming large number of attacks recently. The country came number 12 in the World Watch list in 2020. The attacks come from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, and Fulani Herdsmen. Recently, a pastor was beheaded by Boko Haram for refusing to deny Christ.
According to the statistics, around 3000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2019, and over 9000 Christian buildings and Churches were targeted.
Four in five persecuted for their faith in the world today are Christians.