|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Maithripala Sirisena||20.9 million | 1.9 million Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2018||Persecution Level|
Even after the civil war ended in 2009, Christians and Muslims continue to be persecuted by Buddhist extremists in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of Christian families are still displaced and struggling to survive.
Some young Buddhist leaders have been using social media to promote hatred towards religious minorities. Christians are portrayed negatively in the media, and false news stories lead to violent attacks against believers. Those who persecute Christians are often left unpunished.
New Christians come from a Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist backgrounds. Their faith in Jesus is seen as a betrayal to their family and community. New believers are often harassed, discriminated and face violent persecution. Many Protestant or independent churches have been asked to shut down.
Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Sri Lanka by: