Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

World Watch List Rank 40
World Watch List Score 64/100
Leader President Felix Tshisekedi
Population 89,505,000 | 85,120,000 Christians
Main Religion Christianity
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.  

What changed this year?

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. 

How we help

Open Doors raises prayer support for churches in the DRC, and works to provide them with Bibles and discipleship resources.

PRAY FOR Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Pray for the Lord’s abundant grace to the church as they seek to minister Christ’s hope.  
  • Pray that those coming to terms with the loss of loved ones would experience the Lord’s comfort to them.  
  • Pray God would touch the hearts of the ADF militants. Ask that He would turn them from violence and they would see the true face of the Prince of Peace.  


  • Pray for those that are suffering by reading the latest prayer requests from persecuted Christians around the world.
  • Encourage a persecuted believer by writing them a note of encouragement.


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