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An organization that supports persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries reports COVID-19 has been playing a big role in the uptick of persecution against believers in several of those countries.

For the 37th time, Open Doors USA has released its annual “World Watch List” of nations where Christians are most persecuted. Among the top ten on this latest 50-country list are Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, and Afghanistan. But for the 20th year in a row, North Korea tops the list – and for a number of reasons, according to Open Doors CEO David Curry.

“Obviously the government there is very restrictive,” he explains to One News Now. “They want to have total control over the lives of individual citizens; and they see Christians particularly as enemies of the state – they withhold food, they imprison them if they’re found with a Bible. It’s a very difficult place to be.”  …

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