Restricted Nations Defined

The situation for Christians around the world is always changing. Christian persecution that merits the attention and assistance of The Voice of the Martyrs has been identified and defined in two categories:

Restricted Nation

This includes countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature. Also included are countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their faith in Jesus

Hostile Area

This includes large areas in nations where governments declare freedom of religion in their laws, but often stand on the sidelines when Christians and their properties are victims of violence because of their witness

Formerly Oppressed Countries (post 1967):

These are countries where VOM previously worked, but where Christians now have freedom to worship.

Albania
Angola
Armenia (U.S.S.R.)
Benin
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cape Verde
Cambodia
Congo
Czechoslovakia
East Germany
Estonia (U.S.S.R.)
Georgia (U.S.S.R.)
Hungary
Latvia (U.S.S.R.)
Lithuania (U.S.S.R.)
Nicaragua
Mali
Mauritius
Moldova (U.S.S.R.)
Mongolia
Mozambique
Peru (Marxist guerrilla-controlled areas)
Poland
Rhodesia
Romania
Rwanda
Russia (U.S.S.R.)
Senegal
Tanzania
Uganda
Ukraine (U.S.S.R.)
Yugoslavia
Zaire
Zambia

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