Persecuted Christians Brief Lawmakers on World’s Worst Countries for Religious Freedom and Human Rig

"The persecution of Christians is a global crisis. Identifying the worst offenders and understanding what life is like for these individuals is the first step toward improving conditions for the persecuted." —David Curry, Open Doors USA president and CEO


To display the severity of violence against Christians and bring heightened attention to the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution—identified in yesterday's release of the annual Open Doors World Watch List—Open Doors USA will host a panel discussion featuring persecuted Christians from Egypt, India and Vietnam for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. 
Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m.
Kennedy Caucus Room—SR 325 in the Russell Senate Office Building
Christians continue to be one of the most victimized groups in the world with approximately 215 million Christians experiencing "high, very high or extreme persecution" in the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. The 2018 World Watch List reveals shifts within the top 10 rankings and an intensification of persecution and violence against women worldwide. Though North Korea remains the worst country for Christians, the No. 2 country, Afghanistan, nearly matched conditions in North Korea.

  • Interview opportunities include:
    • Christians who can share their stories of persecution
      • Though these people are willing to share their firsthand accounts, they cannot be photographed or videoed for their own safety 
    • David Curry, Open Doors USA president and CEO
    • Kristin Wright, Open Doors USA advocacy director

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