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Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2018

Open Doors’ David Curry calls for President Trump to confront North Korea, Kim Jong Un about Christian persecution

David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, issued this statement in advance of the planned summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un:

“When President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, Open Doors urges the president to confront Kim’s long history of human rights violations—including North Korea’s refusal to grant its citizens basic religious freedoms.

For the 17th consecutive year, North Korea is the No. 1 most dangerous place to be a Christian, according to the Open Doors World Watch List.

Open Doors has a long history of advocating and supporting Christians and religious minorities in North Korea who are persecuted for their faith.

I will be in Singapore the day of the summit, where I will host the Open Doors’ online Prayer Summit for North Korea, so Christians around the world can join together in prayer for this important issue. Join us at OpenDoorsUSA.org/Pray4NK on Monday, June 11, 9 p.m. ET, to show your support for those suffering in North Korea.

Open Doors’ researchers estimate that more than 300,000 Christians still live in North Korea, where they are viewed as hostile to a regime that seeks to eliminate them.

Often entire families are persecuted for the ‘crime’ of one person becoming a Christian. Some have been rounded up and exiled to concentration camps for generations—for the simple act of possessing a Bible. Open Doors estimates that there are at least 50,000 Christians confined in prison camps, and some estimates put this number as high as 120,000 individuals. The conditions are deplorable.

One Christian woman described her detention: being forced to strip down for a cavity search, then placed in solitary confinement—a room just large enough for a single person to lie down—all because of her faith in Jesus. Pregnant prisoners were forced to have abortions. After violent interrogations, prisoners in labor camps continue to face physical and emotional torment. They work 12-hour shifts and receive just a handful of food each day.

Outside the prison camps, Kim restricts every facet of social and religious life. He requires citizens to attend indoctrination meetings and worship himself and his ancestors. He also restricts their access to anything but state-endorsed literature, radio shows, TV programs and websites, so that he is able to control their thinking and religious behavior without the influence of outside information. This is unacceptable in 2018.

Please, if you care about this issue, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org/Pray4NK to learn more about why North Korea is the worst country in the world to be a Christian.”

photo/ Sammis Reachers

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