Family Research Council Helps Open Doors Highlight Persecution

Two NRB members, Open Doors and Family Research Council, this week worked to shine light on the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world.  I was pleased to hear Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors, delve into findings from that group’s most recent World Watch List, which ranks the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians.  For the 13th straight year, North Korea tops this roll.  Open Doors estimates that 50,000 to 70,000 Christians suffer in North Korean prison camps and that assembling with other believers in that nation is nearly impossible.  North Korea’s perennial status on Open Doors’ list is sobering considering the significant escalation of violence against Christians worldwide last year, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.  Persecution has increased along with the rise of extremist groups like ISIL and Boko Haram, as well as other perpetrators, including crime organizations in Mexico and Colombia.  Dr. Curry made sure to reinforce through words and pictures that there are real adults and children behind these statistics.  In a press release accompanying the World Watch List, Dr. Curry states, “The goal of the World Watch List is to keep Christian persecution on the radar of those enjoying the privileges of freedom. The perpetrators of persecution need to know that the world is watching and stands in opposition to persecution. And for the persecuted, we want them to know that they are not forgotten.”

  • Find Open Doors World Watch List here
  • Watch this week’s event at the Family Research Council headquarters.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: February 6, 2015

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