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Aderholt Statement on 2018 List of Christians Persecuted Worldwide Because of Their Faith

January 11, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, released the following statement in regard to the release of the 2018 Christian Persecution Watch List.


“On Wednesday, the Open Doors USA, a international ministry that works with persecuted Christians around the world, released its 25th annual World Watch List at the National Press Club.  While it is tragic that these reports are necessary, I appreciated the opportunity to join with Open Doors to bring attention to this issue.


“Sadly, the news from the event was not good.  The number of Christians who are facing persecution around the world is increasing. 


“North Korea continues to be at the top of the list of countries where Christians are persecuted and strictly prohibited from openly worshipping.  The following is a list of the top ten countries where Christians are persecuted:  North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran. 


“The Open Doors report highlighted that women are particularly singled out and abused for their faith.  There were reports of 2,260 women who were raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriages through threats of death.  It’s believed this number is greatly under reported. I should also point out this is an issue that women, men and children all face around the world.


“We cannot turn a blind eye to this evil and the United States must continue to hold our friends – and our enemies – accountable.  I will continue to discuss these issues with my colleagues in Congress to help ensure that the Administration has all the tools it needs from those of us in Congress who understand the severity of this issue.”


More information on the 2018 list can be found at:



In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


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