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  • Leader: President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
  • Population: 911,000 (11,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion: Islam
  • Country fact sheet

The government seeks to control all aspects of society by stifling freedom of religion and expression.

All laws and policies are shaped by Sharia (Islamic law). Any law inconsistent with Sharia is void. Believers from a Muslim background experience the most intense persecution. Many try to hide their faith in order to survive but the communal lifestyle makes it very difficult. Even rumours of conversion are enough for people to lose inheritance rights and the custody of their children. 

Read more about persecution in Djibouti

Please Pray 

  • For Christians who are constricted by Djibouti’s communal, Islamic culture, that they would live for Christ despite the restrictions
  • For imams who incite hatred towards Christians, that their hearts would be softened
  • That Christians will be able to forgive their persecutors when they are refused jobs and denied community resources.

How Open Doors helps

Although Christians in this Islamic state in the Horn of Africa are experiencing growing persecution, Open Doors is seeking to encourage and equip believers to continue to share their faith in Christ. Through strategic partnerships, Open Doors is strengthening the local church in Djibouti through:

  • Leadership development
  • Cross-cultural outreach and discipleship training
  • Providing Christian literature
  • Training Christians to be prepared for persecution
  • Encouraging economic empowerment through skills training and business incentives.


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