As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Population: 6.3 million (20,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Provisional government
World Watch List Rank: 10
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
Libya has descended into lawlessness since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, giving groups such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) free rein to attack Christians.
Libya is a deeply Islamic culture, so Libyan Christians must keep their faith completely secret; churches for Libyans and Christian literature in Arabic are forbidden. While migrant Christians are allowed to practise their faith in Libya, many have paid the ultimate price; dozens of Christians from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Egypt were kidnapped or killed by extremists in Libya in 2015.
- For protection for Christians in Libya - hundreds are reported to have been abducted by paramilitaries and imprisoned
- For Christians to find ways to meet together - religious gatherings are illegal for Libyans if they are not Islamic, which makes Libyan believers afraid to meet
- For ongoing peace talks between different ruling factions to be fruitful, and for a stable and safe Libya to be formed.
Open Doors in Action:
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors is supporting the church in Libya through:
- Literature distribution
- Socio-economic development projects