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KOREA, October 25, 2001: Many North Koreans have become Christians as refugees in China, because of a number of missionaries and Christian groups operating near the border. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the government in North Korea suppresses all independent religious activity. People who engage in public religious expression continue to be arrested and imprisoned. North Korean officials have stratified society on the basis of family background and "perceived loyalty to the regime" into 51 categories. Religious adherents are by definition relegated to a lower category, receiving fewer privileges and opportunities. To that end, a coalition of Korean churches and businesses, in conjunction with Worship Alliance of Laguna Nigel, Calif., joined forces to produce "Worship Explosion 2001," a five-day prayer and worship event designed to bring healing, oneness and vision to Korea. South Korea, now a majority Christian country, is considered a great success by Christian missionaries. They look forward to similarly claiming North Korea as reunification begins to look possible. Korea used to be a Buddhist country.