Jan 10: Release of 2018 Open Doors World Watch List

World's Top 50 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians to be Unveiled

For 15 years, North Korea has topped the list as the most dangerous place to be a Christian, but 2018's persecution rankings may be closer than ever with the escalating violence in Africa and the Middle East. On Jan. 10, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry will reveal the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List—a ranking of the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian—and provide an update on the state of persecuted Christians worldwide.

Kristina Arriaga, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), will provide commentary on religious freedom. Christians from India, Egypt and Vietnam will be available for interviews following the press conference. 

"With Vice President Pence's support to give direct aid to the Nineveh Plains, Open Doors USA is hopeful that all Americans will take notice of the horrific conditions for Christians across the world that are highlighted through the Open Doors World Watch List," said Curry. More than 215 million Christians worldwide face high levels of persecution for their faith; nearly one of every 12 Christians in the world today lives in an area, or in a culture, in which Christianity is illegal, forbidden or punished.


  • David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA
  • Kristina Arriaga, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
  • Persecuted Christians from Egypt, India and Vietnam

Announcement of the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List

Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. EST

First Amendment Lounge at the National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045
Streamed live from the National Press Club

About Open Doors USA
For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.