The living conditions for Christians and other religious minorities around the world are worsening due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a watchdog group that operates in more than 60 countries.
Open Doors reports that at least 25 countries with positive cases are among the world’s worst persecutors of Christians.
“Their situation is going from bad to worse,” David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, said in a statement.
“In places like North Korea, Iran, and Pakistan, Christians are already seen as second-class citizens, traitors, and infidels,” Curry added. “Now, as COVID-19 ravages the health and livelihoods of all people in these countries, Christians are especially in need of emergency relief.”