|World Watch List Rank||40|
|World Watch List Score||64/100|
|Leader||President Felix Tshisekedi|
|Population||89,505,000 | 85,120,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||57|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
The Islamic extremist group Alliance for Democratic Forces (ADF) is responsible for the persecution of Christians in the eastern part of the country, attacking Christians and churches. The attacks from the ADF and other militant groups in the DRC are why violence is a huge risk for the Christian population and churches in the regions where militants are active. The violence has resulted in more than a million internally displaced people. Additionally, followers of Jesus are at risk for kidnappings and having their homes destroyed.
Christians who convert from Islam or from traditional religions (or religions that combine elements of Christianity and animism) may face social, familial and community pressure for their faith.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo wasn’t even in the top 50 of the World Watch List last year. Its sharp rise reflects the extreme violence inflicted on the Christian community of the DRC. In some parts of the country, Christians are under constant risk of brutal violence, and this is what has pushed the DRC’s rank much higher on the 2021 World Watch List.
Open Doors raises prayer support for churches in the DRC, and works to provide them with Bibles and discipleship resources.