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NORTH KOREA: Christianity grows despite persecution

North Korea’s underground Christian community is thriving despite followers of Christ suffering horrific torture and brutal deaths at the hands of the communist government.

According to Open Doors, a Christian persecution watchdog site, North Korea has ranked No. 1 as the deadliest place for Christians for the last 16 years. Yet, North Korea still has an estimated Christian population of around 300,000. 

North Korean defectors have reported that Christians are sent to concentration camps where they are “crushed by steamrollers and used to test biological weapons, or hung on a cross over a fire,” according to Fox News.

According to the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, there are around 70,000 Christians within these camps. Reportedly, 75 percent of Christians who wind up in the camps do not survive.

The Christian faith is growing in North Korea despite the country’s hostility toward the faithful.

North Koreans are sometimes allowed to visit China. There, they gather Bibles, and other Christian literature. They smuggle the texts back into North Korea at great peril.  


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