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BANGLADESH

#41
Region South Asia
Leader President Abdul Hamid
Population 164 828 000
Christian 0.5%
Main Religion Islam
Government Parliamentary Democracy
Rank 41
Score 58
Previous Rank 26
Previous Score 63

“I now realise that Jesus is faithful; He will always protect me from harassments and difficulties. Please pray that I would continually depend on God whenever persecution comes.”

“I now realise that Jesus is faithful; He willBangladesh has been caught in a vicious and violent political cycle since its independence in 1971. It continues to be both a secular and an Islamic country according to the constitution. On top of its internal struggles, Bangladesh faces a serious threat from militant Islam. The Christian minority is vulnerable to both radical Muslims and the government. Along with Islamic groups, families and communities also drive persecution. Activities of converts are heavily monitored, especially in rural areas.

Most persecution is experienced by converts from Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist backgrounds. Christianity is growing, but openly integrating converts into churches is impossible. Converts are often isolated from their families and gather in hidden groups for fear of attack. They may be forced to leave their homes and villages. Converts also face the threat of divorce and can lose inheritance rights.

To privately own or give Christian books is risky. Pastors have been arrested for doing so. Organising Christian weddings, baptisms or funerals can be difficult or impossible. Christian children are forced to study Islam at school and face discrimination from teachers and students. Christian businesses, schools, churches and charities have received death threats to close.

Open Doors works to equip and train Christian believers, with special emphasis on emerging leadership and Believers from a Muslim Background. We also provide Bibles and other Christian literature, assistance through literacy and socio-economic development, and immediate relief to victims of persecution.always protect me from harassments and difficulties. Please pray that I would continually depend on God whenever persecution comes.”

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