WHO IS THE LEADER OF MOROCCO?
King Mohammed VI is the leader of Morocco.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN MOROCCO?
31,400 Christians live in Morocco – a tiny minority in a country with a total population of 36.2 million. Christians make up just 0.1 per cent of the population. Almost all of them are expatriates – we estimate that there are just a few thousand Moroccan Christians in the country, but they often keep their faith secret, making it hard to know exactly.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN MOROCCO?
Moroccans are expected to be loyal to Islam, king and country. If a Muslim decides to follow Jesus, it is seen as a source of shame to their families and communities. Christians have been accused of being disloyal to the king.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN MOROCCO?
Expatriate churches are monitored to make sure Moroccans are not attending services. It is illegal to share the gospel with Muslims, and expatriates have been deported after being accused of this.
Moroccan Christians meet in house churches, as they cannot get permission and official recognition to meet together publicly. Christians from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families and communities, especially in rural areas, so they may keep their faith a secret.
"Thank God, I found a way to meet with some other Christians... We organised that in a way that my family doesn’t get suspicious."
– Nadeen*, a secret believer in Morocco
Nadeen* is one of Morocco's secret believers. She came to faith after meeting another Christian. When she first decided to follow Jesus, she told her family straight away. “My family was very angry with me, and my father beat me when he heard it,” she says. So she pretended to return to Islam, and attends a house church in secret. “I am so afraid that my parents will find out. My father would kill me.”
*name changed for security reasons
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN NORTH AFRICA?
You can give to provide vital support
In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in North Africa through training, loans for small businesses, advocacy, and literature distribution.
£15 could go towards setting up a family in employment or helping them open a small business.
You can SPEAK OUT
Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.
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 MOROCCO
Father God, thank you for our church family in Morocco. Please help isolated believers to find safe ways to meet with others, and protect believers from Muslims backgrounds from pressure and attack. Give wisdom and courage to those who are sharing Your love in Morocco.