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Maldives

RegionAsia
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population376,000
Christian Population100
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Abdulla Yameen
Score76/100

Maldives

Maldives: Faith is Forbidden. 
Islam has deep roots in the history and politics of the Maldives, making it hard to openly live as a Christian. President Yameen believes the country’s development should be formed by Islamic values and customs. Worshipping, fellowship and evangelising are all illegal for Christians.

There are only a handful of secret believers living in the Maldives. Other than expats living in the country, the only Christians are believers from a Muslim background. It’s illegal to convert from Islam, so many keep their faith hidden.

No Bible In The National Language. 
The national language of the Maldives is Dhivehi. There is currently no complete translation of the Bible in this language. Importing Bibles or any other Christian literature is also illegal. With a lack of Bible availability, personal growth and training are a challenge.

The Highest Divorce Rate. 
The Maldives has the highest divorce rate in the world. In order for a man to part ways with his wife, all he has to do is say “I divorce you” three times. With an economy based on tourism, men are often away from their families for long periods of time, putting extra financial pressure on the wife and children. All of these pressures make divorce common. These issues make living as a Christian a daily struggle.

Drug addiction is also a serious problem. Many new Christians still struggle with drug addiction, and persecution compounds their already unstable home life.

“I could not talk about Jesus freely to others. If they report me, I will lose my job. They can deport me or charge me for bearing false witness. I know a friend who was caught sharing the gospel. Before they deported him, they kept him in prison for a year.” - Expatriate Believer, Maldives

Pray for Maldives

Pray for Christian leaders to make their way into positions of authority in the Maldives.

Pray for Christians to have the freedom to worship and have access to the Bible in their language.

Pray for healing in marriages and from drug addictions and that God will protect children at risk of abuse and exploitation.