North Korea Ranked No. 1 for Christian Persecution

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North Korea is the most hostile place for Christians around the globe,  according to the annual "World Watch" list from the Open Doors Organization.

The list ranks the 50 countries where Christian persecution is most severe. North Korea tops the 2013 list, thus holding its ranking for the eleventh year running.

"Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution," the Open Doors report said.

In the country of 20 million, there are about 400,000 Christians. About 25 percent of those are believed to be imprisoned in labor camps because of their faith.

The organization suggests Christians world wide pray for the following:

- Real political and economic change under the leadership of Kim Jong Un

- Spies have reportedly been sent to China to expose networks. Ask God to protect refugees and those helping them

- Give thanks that Open Doors is able to deliver emergency aid into the country.

Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan hold the second and third spots respectively.

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