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.
Leader: President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi
Population: 24.5 million (A few thousand Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
World Watch List Rank: 11
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism/ tribal antagonism
The conflict in Yemen has allowed Islamic extremists such as al-Qaeda to take over large parts of the country, which makes being a Christian more dangerous than ever.
Islam is the state religion of Yemen, and is a strong part of tribal life. Indigenous Yemeni believers must keep their faith a complete secret - if discovered they face banishment or honour killing from their tribe, or the death penalty from the state. Several Muslim-background believers have had to go into hiding or leave the country.
- For protection for expatriate Christians in Yemen, who are legally allowed to practise their faith but face attack, abduction and death at the hands of Islamic extremists
- For courage for secret believers in Yemen to continue to follow Jesus, despite the risks they face
- For provision for the people of Yemen: the conflict has left 80 per cent of the population in need of humanitarian assistance.
Open Doors in Action:
Open Doors supports the church in Yemen by raising prayer and awareness.