Afghanistan Replaces North Korea for No. 1 Spot on World Watch List

The image shows the city of Nampo in North Korea. (Raymond K. Cunningham, Jr., CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

Yesterday, North Korea fired ballistic missiles into the sea, testing weapons for the sixth time this month. It’s familiar behavior from the dictatorship, famous for oppressing its own people, including Christians.

Experts say the tests are meant to capture attention and pressure Western governments to lower sanctions on the isolated country.

World Watch List

So why has Afghanistan replaced North Korea in the top slot on Open Doors’ World Watch List? Eric Foley with the Voice of the Martyrs Korea contributes to the World Watch List. He says, “What the survey is measuring is really the volume of information that’s available and that we have about the persecution of that country. Also, it’s measuring the change between last year and this year.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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