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The top 50 countries where its most difficult to follow Jesus

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Country Name Long Name
Profile of Persecution Based on the 2018 World Watch List
Violence
97%
Church Life
97%
National Life
97%
Community Life
97%
Family Life
97%
Private Life
97%
1

North Korea

Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Agnosticism
2

Afghanistan

Clan oppression
Central Asia
Islam
3

Somalia

Clan oppression
Africa
Islam
4

Libya

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
5

Pakistan

Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
6

Eritrea

Denominational protectionism
Africa
Islam
7

Yemen

Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
8

Iran

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
9

Nigeria

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam, Christianity
10

India

Religious nationalism
Asia
Hinduism
11

Iraq

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
12

Syria

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
13

Sudan

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
14

Saudi Arabia

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
15

Maldives

Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
16

Egypt

Dictatorial paranoia
Africa
Islam
17

China

Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Agnosticism
18

Myanmar

Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
19

Vietnam

Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
20

Mauritania

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
21

Uzbekistan

Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
22

Laos

Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
23

Turkmenistan

Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
24

Algeria

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
25

Turkey

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
26

Tunisia

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
27

Morocco

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
28

Mali

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
29

Qatar

Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
30

Colombia

Organized crime and corruption
Latin America
Christianity
31

Bangladesh

Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
32

Burkina Faso

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
33

Tajikistan

Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
34

Nepal

Clan oppression
Asia
Hinduism
35

Central African Republic

Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
36

Ethiopia

Denominational protectionism
Africa
Christianity
37

Mexico

Organized crime and corruption
Latin America
Christianity
38

Jordan

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
39

Brunei

Dictatorial paranoia
Asia
Islam
40

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
41

Kazakhstan

Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
42

Cameroon

Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
43

Bhutan

Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
44

Oman

Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
45

Mozambique

Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
46

Malaysia

Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
47

Indonesia

Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
48

Kuwait

Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
49

Kenya

Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
50

Comoros

Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
Fill 1

Extreme

Fill 1

Very High

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