- rose between mid-2006 and mid-2009 in 23 of the world’s 198 countries (12%),
- decreased in 12 countries (6%),
- and remained essentially unchanged in 163 countries (82%).
More than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population – live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially over the three-year period studied.
Which restricted country will you pray for today?
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