Country rank 19Last year’s rank 22Region North AfricaPopulation 45 350 000Christians 139 000Main Religion Islam 19ALGERIA Persecution has significantly worsened in the past year, with Christians becoming very vulnerable to state pressure alongside the ongoing societal pressures that can come from families and communities. Most Algerian believers are converts from Islam. They can face discrimination, harassment and pressure to follow Islamic customs from family members as well as the wider community. More recently, Christians have increasingly experienced restrictions and pressure from state officials to renounce their faith; many of these officials come under the influence of radical Islamic teachers. Laws that regulate non-Muslim worship are also used to quell the influence of Christianity. This includes prohibition of anything that would ‘shake the faith of a Muslim’ or could be used as a ‘means of seduction intending to convert a Muslim to another religion’. These laws are notoriously vague in their wording and are often abused in the courts. Meanwhile, 16 previously closed church buildings remained sealed, while other churches were ordered to close during the past year. Several other churches have had to cease their activities.
That the Holy Spirit will help Christians in Algeria to stand firm in their faith.
That each Christian in Algeria will have opportunities to gather with other believers for fellowship and discipleship.
For the reopening of closed churches and a relaxing of laws that stifle religious freedom.