North Korea remained the world’s top persecutor of Christians in 2013, according to the new World Watch List from Open Doors International.
It’s the twelfth year the North Korean regime has held that infamous position. Open Doors estimates that 50,000 to 70,000 Christians live in concentration camps run by communist dictator Kim Jong Un.
Meanwhile, nations like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central African Republic also saw a troubling spike in anti-Christian activity.
Open Doors says “Islamic extremism” is the main source of persecution of Christians in 36 of the top 50 countries.
“Countries on the WWL, such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and throughout the Middle East and North Africa are targeting Christians; imprisoning, punishing, and in some cases murdering people who choose to express privately or publicly their Christian faith,” Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry said.
Curry said the World Watch List should serve as “a wake-up call to Americans.”
Open Doors’ head of research and strategy Dr. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan said Christians in the West can join the cause for their fellow believers.
“It is our intent through the WWL to encourage more people and organizations to carefully study the needs and stories of persecuted Christians, and as a result deepen the passion to pray for them,” he said.