|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Nursultan Nazarbayev||18.4 million | 4.5 million Christians|
|Islam||Authoritarian Presidential Republic|
|WWL Rank in 2018||Persecution Level|
|28||Very High Persecution|
It is believed that “to be a Kazakh is to be a Muslim”. No religious activities outside of state-run institutions are allowed. Converting to Christianity is seen as a betrayal and some converts are locked up by their families, beaten and expelled from their communities. Unregistered churches are illegal and even registered churches are under surveillance. Sometimes churches have their Christian materials confiscated. Believers are also suspected to be working against the Kazakh state.
Open Doors provides immediate aid to Central Asian believers when they are placed in prison, excluded them from families and communities, and deprived of livelihood and employment because of their faith in Christ. We also strengthen the persecuted church in Central Asia through: