Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Christian Population41,650,000
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Uhuru Kenyatta


The majority of persecution in Kenya is driven by Islamic extremist group, al-Shabaab. Based in Somalia, they have killed Christians, destroyed churches and forced Christians to flee their homes.

Converts from Islam to Christianity face severe pressure from their families, including forced marriages, harassment of children, loss of inheritance and being disowned. In some places, it can be dangerous to build or meet in a church. Officials often do not investigate properly when Christians are attacked.


“I asked God, ‘These are people of prayer, why have You made them pass through so much pain?’ But God showed me that He even used weakness in the Apostle Paul’s life for His purposes.” – Margaret*, from Kenya.

In 2014, al Shabaab militants attacked the Garissa University and killed 147 mostly Christian students. Margaret says she survived the attack and the trauma that followed only because of the prayers of others.

Our Work

Through local partners, Opens Doors is supporting and equipping the church in Muslim-dominated areas by helping them find jobs, evangelism training, discipleship, leadership training and trauma care.

Pray for Kenya

Pray especially for Christians living in the north-eastern part of Kenya, where persecution is more prevalent.

Pray for strength, wisdom and courage to stay firm in their faith.

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