Leader: Kim Jong-Un
Population: 20 million (400,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Atheism/traditional beliefs
Government: Communist dictatorship
World Watch List Rank: 1
Source of Persecution: Communist oppression/Dictatorial paranoia
For the eleventh year running, this is the most difficult place on earth to be a Christian. One of the few remaining Communist states, it is vehemently opposed to religion of any kind. Christians are classified as hostile and face arrest, detention, torture, even public execution. There is a system of labour camps including the renowned prison No. 15, which reportedly houses 6,000 Christians alone. But despite severe oppression, there is a growing underground church movement of an estimated 400,000 Christians.
Some North Koreans have escaped from the Communist country and its human rights violations. Kim Eun Jin is one of those survivors
Yang is a North Korea exile now living in South Korea who has known so much pain and suffering in her life, both physically and emotionally. Yang, a follower of Jesus says life in North Korea was unbearable and brutal, but she has overcome so much and looks to the future with hope and faith. Hear her incredible story!