Every day, over 260 million Christians face severe persecution for their faith.
Every day, Christians are being KILLED for their faith.
So reads the latest report from 2020.
The last years we have seen an extremely alarming increase in Christian persecution.
Today, over 260 million Christians suffer severe persecution for their faith.
This is a big increase from the year before, where a shocking 245 million faced severe persecution.
That’s one in eight Christians in the world today.
The map above shows the 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to follow Jesus.
And in addition, there are another 23 countries that fall just outside the top 50, such as Mexico, Chad and Congo, where another 50 million face heavy persecution.
This means that the total number is well over 300 million.
North Korea tops the 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 Korea is closely followed by Afghanistan and Somalia.
North Korea got 94 points, whilst Afghanistan got 93 and Somalia 92 in the last report from Open Doors.
The worst countries are clearly seen in the map: the communist countries and the Middle-Eastern and North African countries. But India and China has become increasingly bad the last years as well.
According to the statistics, around 3000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2019, and over 9000 Christian buildings and Churches were targeted.
Although most anti-Christian violence come from the Communist and African/Asian countries, we are seeing an alarming increase in Europe as well.
Last year, a shocking 3000 anti-Christian attacks happened in Europe – which is a record high level.
Roughly 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019. Many attacks have taken place in France, with 875 of France’s 42 258 churches being vandalized in 2018.
Christians are the MOST persecuted religious group in the world, with Christian women often facing the worst persecution. Many women in the world experience a “double persecution”, one for being a woman and one for being a Christian.
The President of Open Doors, David Curry said that: “the data prove that Christian women are the most exploited group on the earth today.”
No less than four in five persecuted for their faith in the world today are Christians.