Christians are being killed in even higher numbers according to a new study released in the World Watch List. The data is staggering and depicts Christian women as the most victimized sub-group in the world. And the place on earth that oppresses, hunts and torments Christians the most is…

North Korea.

As Joseph Stalin once said to U.S. Ambassador Averill Harriman, “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.” So, let’s take a closer look at what’s going on under the tender and loving rule of Kim Jong Un.

Hannah’s Story

Hannah Cho and her husband were sent to a labor camp where they underwent unspeakable torture. That was, in fact, where Hannah’s husband ultimately died. Hannah said, “My mother only taught me one prayer. But I still pray it every day, for my family and for my country: ‘Hanonim, Hanonim! Lord, Lord, please help!’” Through unimaginable hardship, Mrs. Cho miraculously made her way out of the North Korean prison as thousands of others continue to languish in camps with practically no food and forced labor. All this for the sin of believing in Christ.

In North Korea, Christians are seen as hostile enemies to the state. Sixty-three percent of all North Korean Christians experience some sort of violence. In a population of over 25M people – only 300,000 Christians are left as the state perpetuates its systematic eradication program. This is, in fact, North Korea’s 18th year coming in at number one for Christian persecution.

Number Two on the List

Afghanistan has the dubious distinction of ranking number two for the maltreatment of Christians. Because almost all Christians are converts in Afghanistan and the country is constitutionally an Islamic state, Christians experience loss of personal property, beatings, and even execution at the hands of their own families and neighbors. Conversion from Islam is not permitted in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Period.

Right on Afghanistan’s heels are Somalia, Sudan, and Pakistan, which round out the top five. Again, most of the violence in these countries occur from families of Christian converts who take “justice” into their own hands.

The study also found that Islamic oppression fuels persecution in eight of the top ten countries. No surprise there. Women and girls are at the bottom of the status chain in most of these countries. As such, at least six women are raped, sexually harassed, or forced into a Muslim marriage every day across the world. How strange that we haven’t heard much about the hellish travails of these women from the leftist Hollywood set.

The World Watch List is an annual study conducted by OpenDoorsUSA. Among the facts and trends, they found that 215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution. This amounts to about 1 in 12 of those who call Jesus their savior. In 2017 the study also recorded:

  • 3,066 Christians were killed
  • 1,252 were abducted
  • 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed
  • 793 churches were attacked

Christian persecution is not a sexy topic for the American media elite. Perhaps it’s too dirty or uncomfortable for them to recognize the revolting underside of what they keep telling us is the religion of peace. This isn’t to say that all Muslims commit these atrocities, but it cannot be ignored that 80% of this sordid and nauseating behavior against one specific set of religious people happens in Islamic countries.

Perhaps they keep quiet about appalling statistics such as these because it ruins their narrative. Or maybe it’s because they are afraid to look at the truth. Either way, the esteemed Fourth Estate continues to erode their credibility by ignoring stories such as this.

For shame.


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Leesa K. Donner

Leesa K. Donner

Leesa K. Donner is Editor-in-Chief of

A widely published columnist, Leesa previously worked in the broadcast news industry as a television news anchor, reporter, and producer at NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates in Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC.She is the author of "Free At Last: A Life-Changing Journey through the Gospel of Luke."
Leesa K. Donner



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