WORLD WATCH LIST

Tunisia

#35

Islamic extremism is on the rise and Christians are being targeted.

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“No matter what happens in my life, I can’t leave Jesus.”

– Islém*, a believer from North Africa

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
12,019,000
Christian population
22,800
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Kais Saied
Score
66

What Does Persecution Look Like?

The growing influence of Islamic extremism has increased hostility towards Christians. Believers who publicly profess their faith face job insecurity, and are often isolated from their friends, family, and community. Violence has increased in the last year, as well as attacks on Christian properties.

Though some churches operate freely, they often face difficulties, particularly when hiring staff or publishing and distributing Christian texts.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Converts from Islam are harassed, attacked, lose their inheritance and are even locked in houses by their families. To leave Islam is viewed as a betrayal and a dishonour to family and relatives, who will do anything to bring the believer back to their former faith. Many Christians choose to keep their faith a secret.

Muslim spouses threaten to divorce Christians and take their children away. Christians are also not likely to be treated equally in court, particularly when it comes to issues involving family law.

PRAY FOR TUNISIA

– Many Tunisian Christians practise their faith alone. Pray they find fruitful fellowship.

– Pray that God will reach the hearts of persecutors and bring them to know Him.

– Pray that those who leave Islam to follow Jesus will withstand the pressure to return to their former religion.

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