WORLD WATCH LIST

Central African Republic

#31

Armed anti-Christian groups attack believers and ransack churches.

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“I will greet him and say, ‘God forgives you, and He wants me to forgive you too.’”

– Jeovani, a believer from Central Africa

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
5,023,000
Christian population
3,780,000
Religions
Christianity
Leader
President Faustin-Archange Touadera
Score
68
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

The Central African Republic has seennear-constant conflict since 2013. Most of the country is occupied by armed militia groups that are responsible for a range of human rights abuses.

When Christian leaders publicly denounced the violence, they have been threatened and their churches ransacked and torched. Conflict in the country has led to thousands of Christians losing their homes and livelihoods. Many are still living in Internally Displaced People camps.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

On top of the threat of violence from extremist groups, converts to Christianity face added pressure from family members. Local communities often ostracise new believers and use violence to discourage their faith and force them to renounce Christ.

Women and girls can be put under house arrest to prevent them from meeting with other Christians, or forcibly married to Muslim men. In some Muslim-majority areas, some women have been harassed and fined for not dressing according to the Islamic code.

PRAY FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

– Pray for the protection of Christians as they risk persecution to share the love of Jesus.

– Pray that God will touch the hearts of the nation’s leaders, using them to bring peace and stability.

– Pray over local partners as they risk their own safety to support persecuted Christians.

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