WORLD WATCH LIST

Morocco

#27

Sharing your faith could have you thrown into prison.

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“Nothing can equal the life that Jesus gave me.”

– Kabil*, a believer from North Africa

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
37,498,000
Christian population
31,400
Religions
Islam
Leader
King Mohammed VI
Score
69
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Moroccan law criminalises “shaking the faith of a Muslim”. This puts many Christians who talk to others about their faith at risk of arrest. Christian rights advocates have also been targeted by the Moroccan government for their activities and threatened with violence by Islamic extremists.

While the law only punishes sharing the gospel, Moroccan converts to Christianity can be punished in other ways, like losing inheritance rights and custody of their children.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Believers in the country’s rural regions are most vulnerable to persecution. Most incidents happen in in the northeast region, the Atlas Mountains, and the southeast desert area where it is harder to escape family and community pressure.

However, Christians in urban areas are facing increasing persecution as COVID-19 lockdowns have forced many into the homes of hostile family members, leaving them unable to escape.

PRAY FOR MOROCCO

– Ask the Lord to draw close to those facing hostility, violence, and imprisonment for their faith.

– Pray that God will reach the hearts of persecutors, including authorities, communities, and families.

– Pray that God will be using persecuted believers to build and strengthen His church in Morocco.

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