MAPPED: Worst country to be Christian REVEALED as 50 named as danger zones
CHRISTIANS are facing the threat of murder, rape and torture around the world, with new areas around the world emerging as the next “hotbed” for persecution.
Open Doors has revealed the 50 worst countries to be a Christian in
North Korea has topped Open Doors’ yearly list of worst states for the 16th year running with Saudi Arabia and Somalia the only two other states to have been ranked first during the 26 years Open Doors has been creating the list.
The Open Doors report said: “North Korea remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. Believers are forced to worship in secret – if they are discovered they are taken to labour camps.
These are the 50 worst countries in the world in terms of Christian persecution
The majority of nations at the top of the list are in the Middle East or North Africa, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Iran. Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and India complete the top 10.
Egypt is another fast-riser on the list, which analyses threats of violence, private life, family, community, national circumstances and church life.
Many of the worst offenders are in the northern half of Africa and the Middle East
Asia is home to some of the worst countries for practicing Christians
“In Minya governorate alone, over 15 girls have been kidnapped in the last year with the aim of forcing them to marry a Muslim husband and convert to Islam. It is not possible to change your religion from Islam to Christianity on your identity card in Egypt.”
This difficulty to convert, and the highly-public nature of religion in the country, was further highlighted by Open Doors UK and Ireland CEO Lisa Pearce.
Last year Egypt was hit by a wave of attacks against Christians
Turkey, too, was singled out as a particularly bad place to be a Christian. Bordering Europe, the country ranked 31st after a year marked by civil rights crackdowns.
Open Doors warned: “Violence perpetrated by Islamic extremists is raising levels of fear and intimidation, and the overspill of Islamic terrorists driven out of Iraq and Syria has heralded an increase in the level of threat in Egypt and Turkey.
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Open Doors said: “Islamic extremists killed more than 2,000 Christians last year. Rapes were numerous – more than 500 women were raped or sexually abused last year. Rape is used as a weapon of war by Islamic extremists in Northern Nigeria.”