This new report on the persecution of Christians makes clear what readers of know from the daily news: the persecution of Christians and other people of faith worldwide is increasing, and governments and human rights organizations are doing little or nothing to stop it.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere, and the imminent disappearance of Christianity from some of its ancient strongholds, see here.

“2021 World Watch List reveals most dangerous countries for Christians,” by Kevin Zeller, Mission Network News, January 15, 2021:

International (MNN) — Open Doors has released the 2021 World Watch List, documenting the 50 most dangerous countries in which to be a Christian. The report reveals 1 in 8 Christians worldwide suffer high levels of persecution. Every day on average, 13 Christians are murdered for their faith.

The total number of Christians killed for their faith rose 60% in 2020, and 91% of these killings occurred in African countries like Nigeria. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created an environment and excuse to blame Christians and other religious minorities.

Bruce Allen of FMI says, “The scores are getting worse, especially when you analyze figures from the last 10-15 years or so. Take a country that may have been in position 20. Now, the country that would hold that position has a much higher score in regards to that discrimination and persecution. So while there’s still only 50 countries ever in that list, the situations in those countries are becoming much more severe.”

Here are the top ten most dangerous countries:

  1. North Korea
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Somalia
  4. Libya
  5. Pakistan
  6. Eritrea
  7. Yemen
  8. Iran
  9. Nigeria
  10. India

See the full top 50 list and get more information here….