A protester defiantly waves an Egyptian flag with the emblems of Christianity and Islam ( the cross and the crescent ) added – a message of religious unity. Clouds of tear gas are lit up with an eerie glow by the sinking sun. – Courtesy of Alisdare Hickson via Flickr Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/2mhL29P) – Egypt ranks #17 on Open Doors World Watch List

Almost one in 12 Christians in the world lives in a place where practicing their religion is forbidden or even punishable under the law, according to the 26th annual “World Watch List” report. Compiled by Open Doors USA, the list ranks the top 50 countries where Christians are most severely persecuted. North Korea tops the list for the 16th year in a row, but the report concludes that Islamic extremism “remains the global, dominant driver of persecution.”

 

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