For the fourth straight year, the isolated communist nation of North Korea remains atop the 2006 Open Doors “World Watch List” of 50 countries where Christians are persecuted the most. The list is based on evaluations and testimonies obtained by Open Doors’ indigenous contacts, field workers and members of the persecuted church.
It is believed that tens of thousands of Christians are currently suffering in North Korean prison camps where they face cruel abuses. Some think the hermit regime has detained more political and religious prisoners than any other country in the world.
On occasion, North Koreans become Christians after crossing the border into China as refugees and entering into contact with local Christians. Many are exposed as believers when they return to North Korea. Many face torture and death.
Due to the continuing severity of persecution, Open Doors USA has launched a Prayer Campaign for North Korea. As a member of the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), Open Doors USA is partnering with NKFC during the North Korea Freedom Week April 24-30, 2006. (To get your church involved in this event, including ordering prayer materials, contact Open Doors USA Advocacy Coordinator Lindsay Vessey at firstname.lastname@example.org. )