Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
Algeria is increasingly the scene of terror attacks as a result of growing Islamism in the region. The government is pressurised by al-Qaeda in the Maghreb to implement more Islamic legislation, to the detriment of the country’s Christians, most of whom are from a Muslim background. The young Algerian church faces discrimination from family and the state. Islamist groups, encouraged by the Arab Spring, are becoming more visible and monitor Christian activity. In 2012, threats against churches and Christians increased.
- The government has not registered any new churches since 2008. Pray for house churches who continue to meet, some openly and some in secret
- A religious law introduced in 2006 particularly restricts Christians. Pray that this restrictive law will be abolished
- For Christian women. Imprisonment of women and pressure from religious leaders to divorce Christians is common.