|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Government||Contested Transitional Government|
|Leader||President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi|
Yemen: Extremism And A Humanitarian Crisis.
Like other Yemenis, Christians are suffering the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Extremist groups utilise the chaos caused by civil war to grow their influence. Christians can’t meet together, faith must be kept secret. The only four churches in the country have all been damaged by the conflict. Even before that they were only used by foreigners.
Culture And Conflict.
Life is still difficult for Christians even in areas less affected by the war. Islam is the state religion and Sharia law dictates all legislation. Evangelism by faiths other than Islam is prohibited and Muslims are forbidden to convert to any other religion.
Yemen is heavily influenced by clan culture. The government doesn’t step in with conflict between clans and Islam is an important part of clan life. Anyone who becomes a Christian is at risk of being detained by their family, imprisoned or killed.
“As Christians we feel like strangers in our own country. The war has focused us on what really matters – following Christ – even if it costs us our lives. The Bible is very clear about what we can expect; suffering is part of life for those who follow Christ. This is why many Yemeni Christians really long for Jesus to return. We lost so much; we reach out to the everlasting peace that He will bring one day – hopefully soon!” – Jamil*, former Muslim (*name changed for security purposes)
Pray for the gospel’s message of love to change hearts of Islamic extremists.
Pray secret believers strengthen and encourage each other and reach out to the lost.
Pray God provides for Christians who don’t receive relief aid because of their faith.