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Region   Africa
Population   25 958 000
Christian Population   15 922 000 (61.3%)
Main Religion   Christianity
2021 Ranking   42
2020 Ranking   48


The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is active in northern Cameroon and has created a hostile environment for Christians. Christians have been kidnapped and killed, and churches were targeted and attacked. Because the government is often focused elsewhere, it’s given an opening for Boko Haram to expand and continue attacks that target Christians. In areas where Boko Haram is active, church activities have been hindered or disturbed. Due to the displacement of people, churches have not been able to function normally in those parts of the country. In other areas, security injunctions have set heavy restrictions on church activities.

In Cameroon, it is very difficult for Muslims who want to convert to Christianity. In predominantly Muslim parts of the country, there has been a process of radicalization. When Bibles or other Christian literature are found in their possession, converts from Islam have been threatened. They are not free to express their faith or Christian beliefs—even to immediate family—because doing so exposes them to the risk of violent responses from their community. Female converts from Islam are often forced into marriage with non-Christians, and Christian women also face the danger of abduction by Boko Haram.

Meet Samuel

“I ask those who have been praying for Cameroon from all around the world to pray for Cameroon to be able to come to the Gospel. The Cameroon citizens are like slaves. With the light of the Lord, they would be freed.”


Pray for Cameroon

  • In the north of Cameroon, people’s lives have been disrupted by Boko Haram violence that has spilled across the border from Nigeria. Many Christian communities have faced targeting. The level of intimidation these believers face is extremely difficult. Pray for peace in the storm.
  • Pray for converts from Islam, that they would be protected from violence and oppression at the hands of their family, friends and community.
  • Pray God would protect Christian women in Cameroon who are at constant risk of abduction, forced marriage and sexual violence at the hands of Boko Haram. Pray they will be protected, that victims will find healing from their trauma, and that God would confuse and undo the schemes of the Enemy

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Cameroon?

Open Doors’ programs in Cameroon aim to support the Church in the areas of persecution preparedness, discipleship training and economic empowerment.


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