Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-2015

ACN’s Persecuted and Forgotten? 2013-2015 report assesses the deepening plight of Christians in 22 countries of concern. Drawing on testimony from witnesses of persecution, the report shows why Christians are the world’s most persecuted faith group.

This report serves as a voice for the voiceless, from their prison cells and the places far from home where they have sought refuge.” – Prime Minster David Cameron.

Principal findings

  • The Church’s survival in parts of Africa and the Middle East are threatened by religiously motivated ethnic cleansing by extremist Islamist groups.
  • The Church is being driven out of its ancient biblical heartland thanks to a massive exodus – Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq potentially within five years.
  • Totalitarian regimes such as those in China and North Korea have put Christians under pressure due to the perception that Christianity is linked to the West, seen as corrupt and exploitative by communist states.

Read our Principal findings in full.


Faces of Persecution

Testimonies from people whose own story of suffering illustrates the human impact of violence and oppression around the world.

Read Faces of Persecution in full.

Asia Bibi Father Fran van der Lugt Meriam Ibrahim


Persecution for Christians globally

Click on a country to find out the situation for Christians and what ACN is doing to help.

Read Table of Findings and full country reports below
Belarus • China • Egypt • Eritrea • India • Indonesia • Iran • Iraq  Israel/Palestine • Kenya • Nigeria • North Korea• Pakistan • Russia • Saudi Arabia • Sri Lanka • Sudan • Syria • Turkey • Turkmenistan • Vietnam • Ukraine