Video: World Watch List on CBN
Last week, Open Doors released the World Watch List for 2013. This list ranks the top 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution. Ron Boyd-MacMillan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors International, explains the different rankings for the 2013 World Watch List in this CBN interview.
There were many changes on the list this year- Mali (which was previously unranked) is now ranked seventh. Countries like Niger and Ethiopia were also added to the list, drastically increasing the number of African countries on the World Watch List.
There are over 65 countries where Christians face persecution, but this list focuses on the top 50. Though some countries might have dropped or fallen off the list, this does not necessarily mean that persecution has decreased, rather that persecution has most likely increased in the countries ranking above these countries.
Many of the countries on the World Watch List are Muslim dominated countries. Often this is due to Muslim extremists living in these countries, but sometimes Islamic governments attribute to the ranking (for example Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to leave the religion of Islam and the act is punishable by death).
Open Doors ranks six different forms of persecution: Private, Family, Community, National, Church and Violence. Many Christians in the top ten countries face all six forms of persecution.
Ron Boyd-MacMillan shares statistics, stories and prayers for Christians living in these countries. Take a moment to watch this video and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!