Open Doors USA has released its Christian Persecution Report for 2021, highlighting the most dangerous countries for Christians to live in.
The list includes some new countries added into the list, but the same top 10 countries largely remained unchanged. North Korea takes the top spot as the most dangerous country to be a Christian, but it's followed by a whole host of countries that have other religions as their main religion. Nigeria, for the first time ever, entered the top 10 most dangerous countries for Christians.
According to the report, "this year the top 10 worst persecutors are relatively unchanged. After North Korea is Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and India."
One country that left the top 10 was Sudan, after being part of the list for six years straight. The reason Sudan is no longer on the top 10 list is because they recently eliminated the death penalty and drafted legislation legalizing other religions than Islam. However, Sudan is still ranked 13th on the report due to sexual assault of Christians and bigotry and closed-mindedness, even to the point of ostracization, of Christians.
Notably, China, which has detained roughly 1/4 of all jailed Christians in the world and has executed the closure of countless churches across the country, was not placed in the top 10 most dangerous countries to be a Christian. Instead, China came in as the 17th most dangerous country for Christians.
While Open Doors did not explain China’s ranking, it is possible that it did not rank higher because, despite enforcing harsh crackdowns on Christians, they are not killing most of the Christians, unlike other countries that made it into the top 10 list.
You can view the report and list of countries for yourself by clicking here.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.