|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Abdelaziz Bouteflika|
Algeria: Islamic Extremism is Growing.
Algeria has Christian roots dating back to the second century, but Islamist influence is growing. Islamic extremist groups including al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and Salafism are increasingly visible in society. The government is working closely with Islamists to strengthen its power. It continues to enforce an anti-conversion law which regulates the exercise of religions other than Islam. This is in an effort to control the Algerian Christian minority, particularly in the Kabyle region. Christian converts from Muslim families (MBBs) face legal discrimination from the state and hostility from their extended family.
Young And Unemployed.
Christians are persecuted by both the state and the Muslim majority population in various ways. Christians cannot worship freely in Algeria because the state prohibits all non-Muslims from worshipping in venues it has not registered and recognised as places of worship. Christians have great difficulty getting state registration for their places of worship and in getting permits to build churches. They are also harassed and persecuted based on the laws that make it a crime to put pressure on Muslims to abandon their faith.
Imprisoned For Evangelism.
The introduction of Ordinance 06-03 in September 2006 marked a step backwards for the Algerian church. It prohibits Christian evangelism and education. Punishment is two to five years in prison and a fine. The law also prohibits Christian activity anywhere outside a state-recognised church building. Its vague wording leaves it open to making it easier to persecute Christians. Between November 2007 and May 2008 the government closed 26 churches.
Pray for the strong roots of Christianity in Algeria to be rediscovered.
Pray for Algerian Christians suffering at the hand of Muslim extremists.
Pray that Christian youth may find constructive work and the homeless, homes.