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Central African Republic " A forgotten crisis
On 25 July 2014, a ceasefire was signed between the two main warring groups in the Central African Republic: a predominantly Muslim rebel coalition known... Read more »
Obama visit puts Ethiopia's record in spotlight
Ethiopians walk past a poster of US President Barack Obama in Addis Ababa on 27 July. U.S. President Barak Obama is visiting... Read more »
'Saints of Bangui' try to calm chaotic CAR
A year ago, on 25 July 2014, a ceasefire was signed between the two main warring groups in the Central African Republic: a predominantly Muslim rebel... Read more »
Malaysian government gives back Ireland's 'Allah' CDs
The Malaysian government decided against taking Jill Ireland's 7-year legal battle to the Federal Court of Malaysia, housed within the Palace of Justice in... Read more »
Niger churches 'abandoned' after Charlie Hebdo destruction
More than 70 churches were destroyed on the weekend of 16-17 January.
Courtesy Open Doors InternationalIn the aftermath of the... Read more »
Asia Bibi's last chance for freedom
Asia Bibi with her two daughters, before her sentencing in November 2010.CLAASPakistani Christian Aasiya Noreen (known as Asia Bibi)has been allowed to... Read more »
Coptic boy's Ramadan gesture ends in detention
Coptic Christians Fawzy Osama (centre), Stephen Fayed (2nd from right) and Shady Saeed (right) were detained for two nights by... Read more »
Birthday for a missing girl
 Abada, left, and his wife, Ayda, in their temporary shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan. Their daughter Christine, whose photo... Read more »
Are Nigeria's 'Middle Belt' Christians victims of ethnic cleansing?
March 2014
 attacks in Kaduna state, in central Nigeria, left more than 114 people dead and many houses burned.World Watch... Read more »
How does a man kill 'in God's name'? asks former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
A vital text in winning the peace' - Sacks' new bookHodder & StoughtonTen years on from the 7/7 London bombings, in which 52 people... 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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