|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Government||Contested Transitional Government|
|Leader||Chairman Fayiz al-Saraj|
Libya: An Unstable Country.
Christians in Libya fall into two main groups, Libyan Christians and Christian migrant workers. Both groups are vulnerable to Islamic extremists. One of the largest problems of the last year has been the inability of any government to police violent crime against Christians. Many have been victim of attacks and kidnappings with the people behind them going unpunished. Christians who convert from Islam experience a high level of pressure. Their families and communities will often try and force them to convert back.
Too Many Governments, Too Little Governance.
Since the removal of Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi, Libya has been in disarray. The country has one parliament in the east and one in the west, though neither work as a functioning government. The UN attempted to establish a third government to reconcile them and failed. 2016 saw the removal of Islamic State from Libya but this has done little to make the country more stable. Libya used to attract thousands of migrant workers from across North and Sub-Saharan Africa. This group now accounts for the largest Christian population.
As with many countries in North Africa, Islam has deep roots in Libya. Much of Libya’s culture, including language, dates back to the influence of ancient Islamic caliphates. Christianity in this context existed but always remained small. The recent chaos has given rise to several extremist groups. These groups have been largely unopposed and are still operating in parts of the country under the control of government. While these groups are divided it has not weakened their position. Extremists pose a huge threat to the church in Libya.
Pray for God to protect Christians who are attempting to flee Libya.
Pray that Christians would be able to lead the way in showing a non-violent alternative.
Pray for a solution to the political crises. Pray that the two sides in conflict won't attempt an all-out war on the other.