The Top 10 Countries Where Christian Persecution is Most Severe

The Top 10 Countries Where Christian Persecution is Most Severe
Christians in many places around the world face persecution for their faith. These Christians know the truth of Jesus' words that those who follow Him must take up their cross. From Somalia to China to Iran to North Korea, Christ-followers have to choose daily to trust God and not allow the cares of the world and the threat of persecution deter them from having an eternal perspective. These Christians need our prayers, but in order to intercede for them, it may help to know more about them: where they live and what they face. Here are the top 10 countries around the world where Christians face the worst persecution. This list is drawn from Open Doors World Watch List for 2017.

10. Eritrea

The country of Eritrea, located in eastern Africa on the Red Sea, is a small country and not often talked about, but Christians living here face severe persecution. Religious freedom is a foreign concept and many Eritrean Christians have fled the country. 

"The government’s treatment of Christian prisoners, thousands of whom have been arrested and imprisoned, has received a great deal of international attention. Many have been locked in shipping containers and died as a result," says a report from Open Doors which is working to provide aid and discipleship to Eritrean Christians.