As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
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.