WHO IS THE LEADER OF LIBYA?
Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj is head of the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, but the state of anarchy in the country means no one leader is in full control of the country.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN LIBYA?
There are 37,900 Christians in Libya, but most of these are migrant workers. Libyan Christians must keep their faith secret, so it is hard to know how many there are in Libya, but we estimate that there are around 150.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN LIBYA?
Libya is a deeply Islamic nation, as well as a tribal one, and leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal. The Libyan government claims that all Libyans are Muslims. It is illegal to bring Arabic Bibles into Libya or to share the gospel with Muslims. The state of anarchy and civil war in the country means that the rule of law barely exists in Libya, and Islamist extremists attack Christians freely.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN libya?
Christian migrant workers are allowed to meet together to worship in Libya, but they are always at risk of attack by Islamic extremists, and face discrimination from Libyan society. Churches for Libyans are forbidden, and Libyan Christians must keep their faith completely secret. If they are discovered, they risk being attacked or even killed by their families, communities, or Islamist extremists.
“If I’m honest about my faith now, my brother will kill me.”
- Secret Libyan believer
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
You can give to provide vital support
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in Libya through training, literature distribution, socio-economic development projects and advocacy.
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You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR LIBYA
Lord Jesus, thank You for our brothers and sisters in Libya who follow You faithfully, despite the risks. Help them to stand strong in the midst of persecution, and change the hearts of the militants who are intent on harming them. Pour out Your grace and strength on those who are under pressure to renounce You.