Millions of Christians across the world are facing punishments including imprisonment, torture, and death for practicing their faith, shocking new research has revealed. North Korea, Somalia and Afghanistan are the worst countries to openly follow the teachings of the Bible, according to the study by Open Doors. North Korea has been branded the most dangerous country in the world for Christians since 2002.

The Christian charity found the global level of Christian persecution has risen for the fourth year in a row, with Asian countries showing a particularly rapid rise. The study found Islamic extremism was responsible for increased hostility in 14 of the top 20 counties on its list. And the research discovered followers of Jesus living in India were faced with a “very high” level of persecution as “Hindu nationalists batter the churches”. READ MORE