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Persecution of Christians hit historic high in 2015, report says

January 14, 2016

The year 2015 was the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution,” a new study reports.

The Open Doors World Watch List, which monitors persecution of Christians, saw the outright persecution in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic extremism as the main contributors to the expansion of persecution worldwide.

For the 2nd year, North Korea topped the group’s list of countries where Christians suffer severe persecution. However, on the Open Doors lists of the countries where persecution is prevalent, eight of the top ten—and 35 of the top 50—are predominantly Islamic nations.

According to the Open Doors World Watch List, persecution is most severe in:

  1. North Korea
  2. Iraq
  3. Eritrea
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Syria
  6. Pakistan
  7. Somalia
  8. Sudan
  9. Iran
  10. Libya

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