|Region||East and Southeast Asia|
|Leader||President Bounnhang Vorachit|
|Population||6 918 000|
Laos is unique as one of the five remaining Marxist-Leninist countries that also follows Theravada Buddhism. Being Lao is synonymous with being Buddhist. Christian converts face strong pressure from their family, friends and neighbours to recant their Christian faith and participate in all community activities. This pressure can even lead to Christians being expelled from villages. Christian children are facing discrimination and bias by teachers and fellow students in schools.