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Special Report: Violence Against Women
A Christian woman, whose husband was killed by Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic.Courtesy Open Doors InternationalPope Francis’ first... Read more »
Pope in Africa says conflict 'feeds on fear, mistrust and despair'
The goal of my visit is to bring you the comfort of consolation and hope, said Pope Francis.Courtesy of Kenya PresidencyFor his first trip to Africa, Pope... Read more »
Vulnerability of women exploited to jeopardise Christian communities
Elaine Storkey's book, published to coincide with UN Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women“You know, the suffering of women knows no... Read more »
Boko Haram 'more deadly terror group' in 2014 than IS
Some 2.5 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region since 2013Courtesy of Open Doors InternationalBoko Haram was the... Read more »
'You come here and take our jobs,' Lebanese tell refugees
Syrian refugee children in makeshift tent, Lebanon March 2014. More than 1m Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in LebanonWWMWorld Watch Monitorhas an... Read more »
Egyptian Copt's 'faked Facebook blasphemy' acquittal delayed
Bishoy Garas has always maintained his Facebook profile was hackedWorld Watch MonitorAn Egyptian Christian, jailed for 38 months on unsubstantiated charges,... Read more »
Forces rally to defend Christian Syrian town from IS
Sadad is a
 very old village in western Syria, thought to be referenced in the Old Testament.Photo courtesy of AINAEfforts are... Read more »
Myanmar's Christians cautiously hopeful
In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy , has won a landslide victory in the first freely-contested election in 25 years,... Read more »
BJP's Bihar defeat a vote against 'intolerance'
BJP supporters gather in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, in May 2014 to listen to Narendra Modi speak shortly before his election victory.Narendra Modi / Flickr... Read more »
Fleeing Boko Haram " nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
More than 2.5 million people have been displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region since May 2013 
World Watch MonitorA special... 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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