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Survivors' stories: life after Islamic State violence
A job
 at a local bakery helps Ghazan provide for his family, February 2016WWMThe New York Declaration for more humane... Read more »
Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand continue to protest UNHCR 'unfair'
Pakistani Christians in a Thai detention facility, in an image taken from a BBC documentary.BBCPakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand have criticised... Read more »
Run over by US tank, run out of his home by IS: Iraqi monk's own experience helps others
Raeed at his church near Erbil: 'a welcome face among people whose lives have been turned upside down', Nov 2015WWMFirst he was run over by a US... Read more »
When Mosul is freed, Christians may face a new crisis
Displaced Iraqi Christians 
in Kurdistan hung "Liberate Mosul" signs in August.Photo courtesy of Open DoorsThe... Read more »
'We are in a catastrophe'
‘In parts 
of north-east Nigeria the under-5 mortality rate is quite low [only] because all the young children... Read more »
China tightens grip on religion
The Chinese government has released a set of proposed amendments to its rules regulating religious affairs, as President Xi Jinping attempts to... Read more »
Pakistan: Christian boy, 16, arrested for Kaaba 'blasphemy'
Nabeel Masih, 16, is alleged to have "defamed" the Kaaba in Mecca, the building at the centre of Islam's most sacred... Read more »
What does the inside of a refugee camp in Lebanon look like?
A Syrian family
 outside their makeshift tent in a Lebanese refugee camp, August 2016WWMOne in every 113 people on earth is a... Read more »
Freedom of religion or belief 'the defining issue of our time'
An Egyptian Christian prays moments before his beheading on a beach in Libya (2015).Over 100 parliamentarians from 60 countries met this week in Berlin... Read more »
Hungary opens first ever office to tackle Christian persecution
A view of the Hungarian capital from the top of St. Stephen's Basilica.Alex / Flickr / CCAs Europe’s leaders (minus the UK) meet in... Read more »

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Christian scholar William Barclay once said that New Testament Christians had three characteristics: “One, they were filled with an irrational love for their enemies; two, they were absurdly happy, and three, they were always in trouble.” What type of Christian is likely to get into trouble for their faith in the world today? Here is a list of the six top categories based on the data from the 2014 World Watch List!


If you are a House church Christian in North Korea. North Korea does not allow anyone to gather to worship any God other than Kim Il Sung and his family, and the apparatus of the state will stop at nothing to root out secret Christians.


If you are a Muslim Background Believer, particularly in Islamic states. Muslim states forbid conversion away from Islam, and often families will take violent action against their own kin even when local laws are more liberal.


If you are a Christian who evangelises in Muslim dominated areas. Even if you are living in a Christian majority country, there are areas that are predominantly Muslim, such as Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. Evangelists are not welcome in these areas with the good news, and often face violence as a consequence of speaking the Gospel.


If you are a Hindu Background Believer in the more lawless states or Hindurun states of India. Evangelists can be very badly beaten for their witness, and often run the gauntlet as at least seven states in India have anti-conversion laws, and Hindu mobs are well organised in many more.


If you are a Christian from a historic tradition in the Middle Eastern states affected by the Arab Spring. The headlines often get dominated by the plight of Muslim Background Believers, but even in the Middle East – ironically the cradle of Christianity – Christian background believers (belonging to mainly Orthodox and Catholic churches) are under great pressure. Sizable and ancient communities of faith exist in Egypt, Iraq and Syria – all of which are in the top 25 of the WWL. In Syria tens of thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes simply for the fact of being Christian.


If you are a believer who has left the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia. Historically many Christians have been persecuted by other Christians, and an on-going example of this is in Ethiopia, #15 on the WWL. This country boasts an ancient Orthodox church, but there is much about this church that is lifeless and dead, and some Christians have left it to find a more vibrant Christian life, often in more independent, Pentecostal churches. This has aroused the ire of the Orthodox Church leaders, who do all they can to pressure the church leavers to return.



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