WHO IS THE LEADER OF TUNISIA?
The leader of Tunisia is President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi. He has been in office since December 2014.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN TUNISIA?
There are 23,700 Christians in Tunisia. They're a tiny minority, making up 0.2 per cent of the total population of 11.7 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN TUNISIA?
Tunisia is a strongly Islamic society. While the more urban north of the country tends to follow a more moderate form of Islam, the more rural south remains conservative. There is a noticeable growing influence of radical Islamic teachings, and Islamic militants spread fear throughout the country.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN TUNISIA?
Tunisian believers all come from Muslim backgrounds, and will often keep their faith hidden. If their faith is discovered, they may lose their jobs, be rejected by family and friends, and face verbal and physical abuse.
When Maysam's* family discovered her faith, they put her under house arrest and stopped her from attending university. She says, "My sister beat me, my mother tried to break my glasses. They locked me in the room of my parents."
But as she slept, imprisoned in her own home, she recalls hearing the voice of the Lord: "Don't think that you are alone; I am always with you."
She found a way to escape, but her family eventually convinced her to return home once more. When she got back, one of her brothers told her, "You need to choose: return to being a Muslim, where you will remain at home, you will not study or work, and you will wait for a husband who will take you as a shame. Or, remain a Christian and have no place with us."
When Maysam made it clear that she wouldn't leave her new faith, her family started trying to beat her again. "He [Maysam's brother] came to beat me, but his hand was stopped centimetres from my face. He tried to hit me with his knee, but his knee also stopped without touching me. Then I hugged him."
"I am alone now. But I have since found a new spiritual family in the church. God never leaves me alone."
- Maysam, rejected by her family for her faith in Jesus
*name changed for security reasons
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN Tunisia?
You can give to provide vital support
Working with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in Tunisia through training, literature distribution, socio-economic development, and advocacy support.
Give to support persecuted believers in the region.
You can tell others
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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 TUNISIA
Lord Jesus, protect our brothers and sisters in Tunisia from violence. May You provide places and times for them to meet safely, to gather for worship and fellowship, and may they be encouraged and strengthened by Your Spirit.