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North Korea worst for Christian persecution.

THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN organization Open Doors released its annual World Watch List in January, naming the 50 countries where it says Christians face the worst persecution. For the first time in 20 years, the situation for Christians did not improve in any country.

For the 10th year running, North Korea topped the list. Open Doors reported that Christianity has been driven so far underground in North Korea that parents wait until their children are old enough to understand the dangers of practicing their faith before teaching them about it. The organization also estimated that between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians are currently interned in labour camps.

The top five countries on the list also include Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Iran. The country where things have deteriorated most since the 2011 report is Nigeria. At least 300 Christians were killed last year and sectarian violence has intensified. On Christmas Day, more than 35 people were killed in bomb attacks on churches across the country.

Open Doors provides training for pastors and distributes Bibles in countries where Christianity is suppressed. It estimates that 100 million Christians worldwide face persecution. --ENI

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Title Annotation:World News
Publication:Presbyterian Record
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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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