Christians experience high levels of persecution

According to the Open Doors International report World Watch List 2020 (WWL), about 260 million Christians face different degrees of persecution in 50 countries around the world.

The highest scores can be identified in the top 10 countries on the list: North Korea (94), Somalia (92), Libya (90), Pakistan (88), Eritrea (87), Sudan (85), Yemen (85), Iran (85), Afghanistan (83), and India (83).

The scale ranges from 0 to 100.

Among the countries in Latin America that are part of the list, Colombia ranks 41st with a total score of 62. Due to the context of violence and the ineffective implementation of the peace agreements, and the return of some FARC leaders to the armed struggle, church leaders have been killed and/or threatened with death.

Other Latin American countries where it is particularly difficult to be Christian are Mexico (rank 52/score 60), Cuba (rank 61/score 52), Venezuela (rank 69/score 42) and Nicaragua (rank 72, score 41).

Here you can find the compilation of all the main documents of this and the previous World Watch Lists. Access password: freedom.

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