What Does Persecution Look Like?
North Korea has been at or near the top of the World Watch List for more than 20 years. The government ruled by the Kim family views Christians as the most dangerous political class of people, and persecution is violent and intense. Anyone caught following Jesus risks imprisonment, brutal torture, and death.
North Korean parents often hide their faith from their children, churches of more than a few people are non-existent, and most worship is done as secretly as possible. An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 Christians are imprisoned in North Korea, and when a Christian is sentenced, often their entire families are sent to labour camps too.