|Population||25 958 000|
|Christian Population||15 922 000 (61.3%)|
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.
“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.”
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.