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WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE MALDIVES?

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is the leader of the Maldives.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN THE MALDIVES?

A few thousand Christians live the Maldives, but they are almost all expatriates. Maldivian Christians must keep their faith completely secret, making it hard to know how many there are.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN THE MALDIVES?

The constitution of the Maldives states that the nation is ‘100 per cent Muslim’. Leaving Islam is seen as blasphemy, and some religious scholars have said that those who do should be killed.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE MALDIVES?

Maldivian Christians keep their faith completely secret. There have been cases where spouses have only discovered after years that both of them were active Christians, as they had hidden their faith from one another. If they are discovered, they will lose their citizenship. Even owning a Bible can result in imprisonment.

Most Christians in the Maldives are expatriates, and they are monitored closely. Sharing the gospel with Muslims is illegal, and can result in deportation.

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA?

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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 THE MALDIVES

Lord Jesus, please strengthen our brothers and sisters in the Maldives. Give people dreams and visions that reveal who You are, and how much You love them, that they might come to know You. Protect believers who meet in secret, and help them to remain true to You in the midst of their trials. 

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