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:
In these countries, Christians encounter varying degrees of repetitive, persistent and systematic suffering, and deprival of basic human rights, because of their faith in Jesus Christ -- a belief their persecutors will not tolerate.
These nations have been trending toward the persecution of Christians, but have not yet reached a level of frequency or severity.
Formerly Oppressed Countries (post 1967):
These are countries where VOM previously worked, but where Christians now have freedom to worship.
Peru (Marxist guerrilla-controlled areas)