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Mauritania

RegionAfrica
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population4,266,000
Christian Population5,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Score55/100

Mauritania

Mauritania: 3 Days To Live.
With the growth of Islamic extremism in the country, many Christians are forced to live out their faith in secret. Persecution is most severe for those who convert from Islam. The country is dominated by Muslim beliefs. Becoming a Christian means more than just social rejection – believers lose their status and their citizenship. The country’s law punishes a convert from Islam by death if that person does not recant their new faith within three days.

Catholic Church Restricted.
The Catholic Church is the only ‘legal’ form of Christianity in the country, but it is heavily monitored and restricted. The Catholic Church cannot open any schools or conduct activities outside of its building. Churches often allow other Christians to use their back rooms for their gathering where they can meet secretly. Catholics can stay out of trouble most of the time- as long as their preaching and worship isn’t too loud. Sharing the gospel is hard. The Church is forced to be invisible and operate in the shadows of society.

Key To Survival. 
Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Access to community resources is essential to keep families afloat. In rural areas Christians don't have access to basic needs. Their communities don't offer them any help and families are disconnected from society. Finding employment is difficult and getting an education almost impossible. Christian children are harassed at school – discriminated against for their faith. The education system is very Islamic, making it difficult and confusing to grow as a believer. It is basically impossible to be a Christian and part of society at the same time.  

 

Pray for Mauritania

Pray for strength and protection for those imprisoned or on death row because of their faith.

Pray that the Catholic Church will be well equipped to foster groups worshipping in secret, and that their actions will draw people to Jesus.

Pray for Christians to be welcomed into communities and allowed access to their basic needs.