GLOBALLY respected report, The Open Doors World Watch List has in a recent update listed Nigeria among top 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, even as the 2016 edition cited North Korean Kim Jong-un’s “dictatorial paranoia” as the reason that the country tops the rankings. The report stated that Christians face arrest, torture, imprisonment and death for daring to believe there is a higher authority than the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The list reports that in 2015, persecution grew most rapidly in sub- Saharan Africa, while in the Middle East, Isis violence increased the exodus of the Christian population from the region. The full rankings of the levels of persecution graduated into three categories of Extreme, Very high and High are as follows: Extreme persecution: North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. Very high persecution: Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Kenya, India, Ethiopia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Qatar, Egypt, Myanmar, Palestinian Territories and Brunei. High: Central African Republic, Jordan, Djibouti, Laos, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, China, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Algeria, Bhutan, Comoros, Mexico, Kuwait and nine others. The index measures the degrees of freedom that Christians have to express their faith in six spheres – private, family, community, national and church life, while also measuring levels of violence.

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