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ICC Note: With an estimated 100 million Christians worldwide living in regular fear of persecution, it’s sometimes difficult to understand how many Christians, including those  in the United States, are unaware of the extent of persecution. According to Open Doors, North Korea tops the list of the world’s worst persecutors for the 11th year in a row. 
01/09/2013 United States (Christian Post) – A human rights activist with more than 25 years’ experience in ministering to persecuted Christians said Tuesday that many Christians are “ignorant” of the extent of persecution globally.
Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMilan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors International, told The Christian Post that the church in America and elsewhere should spread greater awareness of what is happening to Christians in many parts of the world.
“I think the key thing though is that the church needs to get its story out to the worldwide church better,” said Boyd-MacMilan. “There are still far too many Christians in the world that are either just ignorant or even deliberately so of the true extent of Christian persecution.”
Boyd-MacMilan also told CP that he felt that “we can get out our story better, that there are literally hundreds of millions of Christians in the world who cannot exercise their freedom of worship.”
His remarks came as he was one of two featured speakers at a press conference on Tuesday morning sponsored by Open Doors at the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club. There were two major themes of the event: first was the release of Open Doors’ annual “World Watch List” which ranks the countries where persecution of Christians is severest.
According to the list, for the eleventh consecutive year, the Communist dictatorship of North Korea ranked number 1.

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