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MAPPED: The most DANGEROUS places in the world to be a Christian

Photo Getty, Express
Photo Getty, Express

Christianity as a religion is not welcome in certain parts of the world. In certain parts of the world, it is pretty much dangerous to be a Christian.

More than 7,000 Christians were murdered because of their faith in the last year with millions punished for their beliefs.

North Korea remains the worst place to be a Christian while Iraq has replaced Somalia as the second most dangerous place to be a Christian.

Eritrea, now nicknamed the ‘North Korea of Africa’ due to high levels of dictatorial paranoia, follows at number three.

Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan are the next most difficult places for Christians.

India, the second most populous country in the world, has seen persecution levels rise dramatically for the third year running, rising to number 17 from a ranking of 31 in 2013.


Christian charity Open Doors, which complied the list, said extreme Islamic fundamentalism is rising most sharply in sub-Saharan Africa, where more people are killed for their Christian faith than anywhere else in the world.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland, said: “The persecution of Christians is getting worse, in every region in which we work – and it’s getting worse fast.

“In many parts of the world, despite the pressure and the often terrible cost, the church continues to grow.

“There is always hope, and yet we are in unmarked territory – the pace and scale of persecution of Christians is unprecedented and growing fast.”

The Christian population or Iraq has been decimated from two million in 2003 to less than 200,000 today.

Thousands were forced from their homes when Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists captured large swathes of territory.

Christians in Iraq face abduction, sexual abuse and death threats at the hands of the extremists.

In Syria, Christians have been targeted by crazed jihadis as well as being caught up in the ongoing civil war. With an estimated 772,000 Christians, it is forbidden to be a Christian in ISIS controlled areas.



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