Two of the most notorious and restrictive nations in the world are also the world's worst persecutors of Christians according to Open Doors USA, a ministry serving persecuted Christians worldwide.
The ministry recently released its annual World Watch List of the 50 nations where Christians suffer the most. North Korea and Iran topped the list.
In North Korea, three generations of a family can be put in prison if one member is found to be a Christian.
"There is no other country in the world where Christians are being persecuted in such a horrible and systematic manner," Open Doors head Carl Moeller said of North Korea, which came in at number one.
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In addition to North Korea and Iran, the ministry also named Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Maldives. Rounding out the top 10 were Afghanistan, Yemen, Mauritania, Laos, and Uzbekistan.
Eight of the top 10 nations are Islamic countries, ministry spokesman Jerry Dykstra told One News Now. Laos and North Korea are communist nations.
"That's a trend we've seen over the years," Dykstra said. "The good news is that some countries, like in Latin America, have seen lesser persecution. Colombia, for one, has dropped off the list."