|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina|
Bangladesh: Willing To Suffer.
Persecution comes from all sides. Citizens are demanding Sharia (Islamic) law, which would prohibit converting to Christianity. The Islamic State has increased its attacks in Bangladesh. Christians are forced to meet in homes and regularly receive death threats. Despite this, many Muslims willingly risk persecution to discover Jesus.
Pressure From Buddhism.
There are over twice as many Buddhists in Bangladesh as Christians. Many come from the tribal Chakma people. Over the past years, many Chakma have become Christians. Buddhist and tribal leaders have begun to crack down on these new believers. They also face pressure from their family and friends to deny their faith.
To own a Bible is a risk. Some Christians have been forced to give up their shops or other businesses once their faith was discovered. Children whose parents left Islam to follow Jesus are discriminated against by their teachers. Pressure to renounce Jesus can become so unbearable that they have to leave their communities.
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