BACKGROUND: The island nation of Sri Lanka, located off the eastern coast of India, is still rebuilding from a civil war that ended in 2009. The government has put significant efforts into resettling those displaced during the conflict between the majority-Buddhist Sinhalese population and the Hindu Tamil separatists.
MAJOR RELIGIONS: Sri Lanka remains a nation divided. Hinduism is prevalent in the north, while Buddhism dominates the south.
PERSECUTOR: Buddhist monks are the primary persecutors, stirring up communities against the Christians who live among them. Hindus also oppose evangelism and conversion to Christianity.