'Many Christians Are Being Killed': World's Worst Persecutors Revealed, 60,000 Christians in Concentration Camps
- North Korea again tops the list
of the 50 most dangerouscountries to follow Jesus.
The 2019 Watch Listreleased today by Open Doors
highlights where actionis desperately needed
to protect Christians.
CBN White House correspondent Ben Kennedy
joins us with a closer look; Ben?
- Well Jenna, President Trump has met with
many of those leaders whosecountries made the list.
We're talking about China,Nigeria, Saudi Arabia,
and of course North Korea, to name a few.
The Trump administration makesreligious freedom a priority.
Case in point, fighting for the release
of pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey.
But there was more the government can do,
and that's the backbone behind this list.
- [Translator] Oh you whobelieve, answer the call.
- [Ben] The spread of radicalIslam increases the danger
for Christians worldwide.
- Many Christians are beingkilled because of their faith,
and I know many families that,
they have lost so many membersbecause of their faith.
- [Ben] Father Daniel preaches to
nearly 200 families inIraq, where he faces
intense persecution by al-Qaeda.
You told me many priests are leaving
because it's quite franklynot safe; why are you staying?
- Well I'm staying because,to stay with my people.
So this is the onlything which is keeping me
staying there and working with them,
because they need help now, urgently.
So if I'm not going to bethere, who's going to help them?
- [Ben] Iraq is number13 on the watch list
of countries where Christiansface the most persecution.
Each year the watchdoggroup Open Doors USA
documents the mostoppressive and restrictive
countries for Christians.
Topping the list is NorthKorea, followed by Afghanistan,
Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan.
- We believe now, based upon our research,
that there's over 245 millionChristians who live in
areas of extreme or highpersecution; it's a lot.
- [Ben] He adds thatviolence against Christians
increased dramaticallythis past year in China.
- [David] They moved up from number 41
to number 27 on the list.
- [Ben] That's a big jump.
- It's a huge jump, and it shows
that things are gettingmore difficult for China.
And it's a big church, somillions of people are affected.
- [Ben] North Korea remains number one
for the 18th year in a row, despite talks
between President Trumpand dictator Kim Jong-un.
- I would love to see human rights
be a part of the discussion
when you're talking about nuclear arms,
because you can tellwithin 30, 60, 90 days
if conditions have improved for Christians
that are in the labor camps.
Right now there's over 60,000 Christians
in labor camps in North Korea.
A lot of people don't know that.
- [Ben] Vice President Mike Pence does,
and today reaffirmed that the White House
will always be a championfor people of faith.
- Protecting and promotingreligious freedom
is a foreign policy priorityof this administration.
- Now Open Doors continues its efforts,
hoping that governments,human rights groups
and other organizations will take notice,
get involved, and help believers.
For example, Bahrain droppedoff the list this year
after meeting with Christian leaders
to set up a safe spacefor people to worship.
Open Doors' CEO says it is really
a role model to the Middle East; Jenna?
- And Ben, today the US honors
National Religious Freedom Day;
what is the governmentdoing to observe it?
- Well Jenna yeah, the US is set to host
the Second Ministerial toAdvance Religious Freedom.
That'll be held on July16th through the 18th
right here in DC.
It'll bring together hundreds of
government reps, religious leaders,
and even survivors ofreligious persecution
to generate new ideason how better to protect
people of faith, and we'llof course keep you posted
leading up to the event.