As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
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