Mar­tyr­doms drop in Nige­ria but soar in Burk­i­na Faso, while Chi­na brings 16 mil­lion more Chris­tians onto Open Doors’s World Watch List of Chris­t­ian per­se­cu­tion.

Every day, 8 Chris­tians world­wide are killed because of their faith.

Every week, 182 church­es or Chris­t­ian build­ings are attacked.

And every month, 309 Chris­tians are impris­oned unjust­ly.

So reports the 2020 World Watch List (WWL), the lat­est annu­al account­ing from Open Doors of the top 50 coun­tries where Chris­tians are the most per­se­cut­ed for their faith.

The list­ed nations com­prise 260 mil­lion Chris­tians suf­fer­ing high to severe lev­els of per­se­cu­tion, up from 245 mil­lion in the 2019 list.

Anoth­er 50 mil­lion could be added from 23 nations out­side the top 50 (such as Mex­i­co, Chad, and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of the Con­go), for a ratio of 1 in 8 Chris­tians world­wide fac­ing per­se­cu­tion.

Last year, 40 nations scored high enough to reg­is­ter “very high” per­se­cu­tion lev­els. This year it reached 45.

Open Doors has mon­i­tored Chris­t­ian per­se­cu­tion world­wide since 1992. North Korea has ranked No. 1 since 2002, when the WWL began. (The 2020 ver­sion tal­lies the time peri­od from Novem­ber 1, 2018 to Octo­ber 31, 2019.)

Last year, CT not­ed “Asia Ris­ing” as India entered the top 10 for the first time while Chi­na rose from No. 43 to No. 27.

That trend con­tin­ues, as 2 in 5 Asian Chris­tians suf­fered high lev­els of per­se­cu­tion last year, up from 1 in 3 the pre­vi­ous report­ing peri­od. China’s crack­down on both state-sanc­tioned and under­ground church­es and its grow­ing sur­veil­lance net­work added 16 mil­lion to the world­wide tal­ly of Chris­tians fac­ing per­se­cu­tion.

This year the top 10 is rel­a­tive­ly unchanged. After North Korea, Afghanistan ranks No. 2, fol­lowed by Soma­lia, Libya, Pak­istan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, and India.

Open Doors tracks per­se­cu­tion across six cat­e­gories, includ­ing both social and gov­ern­men­tal pres­sure …

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