Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Christian Population10,100
GovernmentPresidential Republic
LeaderPresident Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz


Poverty is rampant in Mauritania. One third of Mauritanian children are malnourished, and resources are shared within extended families and communities to ensure survival. Christians who leave Islam are often denied access to communal resources. Many believers must keep their faith a secret just to survive.

As Mauritanian society increasingly becomes more accepting of and dominated by Islamic extremism, Christians’ rights are rarely protected. Those who leave Islam risk losing everything if discovered. Christians have no status in the community, are ostracised by their family, have little hope of stable employment and are subject to social hatred and false stereotypes.

Laws tightly restrict preaching the gospel to Muslims. Even just publicly expressing one’s faith can be seen as an attempt to convert others to Christianity, which can lead to prosecution and death.

Our Work

Open Doors supports persecuted Christians in North Africa by providing training and literature, socio-economic development and prayer support for believers in difficult situations.

Pray for Mauritania

Pray that Christians in Mauritania find comfort in God and His provision rather than in money, work and possessions.

Pray for the hearts of Muslims persecuting the Mauritanian church, that they encounter Jesus and are saved.

Pray for reconciliation in places of conflict and that Christians can be examples of forgiveness and love.

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