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Region Africa
Christian population 17 647 000 (62%)
Main religion Christianity
Main threats • Dictatorial paranoia
• Islamic oppression
• Organised corruption and crime

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The spread of Islamic extremist ideology continues to accelerate, particularly in the country’s northern areas with a heavy Muslim population. This means that conversion from Islam to Christianity is more dangerous than ever. In these parts of Cameroon, new converts are often forced to practice their faith in secrecy, and owning Bibles or any Christian literature can lead to threats and aggression.

The looming threat of Boko Haram and ISWAP in the Far North is also an ongoing concern. Christians in this part of Cameroon face the possibility of abduction, sexual violence, forced displacement, and death. Additionally, church activities have been severely disrupted – many churches are unable to function due to attacks and displacement, along with government pressure.

Ongoing fighting between the government and rebel groups has affected the Church – with some rebel groups targeting Christians. And the humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) has created an ongoing state of upheaval. Many Christians from CAR have fled and sought refuge in Cameroon.

Meet Rukayyatu

“The Word of God is the source of my hope and strength. Boko Haram took my happiness away when they burned my Bible.”

Rukayyatu (name changed), a woman from the Far North region of Cameroon whose village was attacked by Boko Haram.

What does Open Doors do to help?

Open Doors works through local partners to strengthen persecuted Christians in Cameroon by providing emergency relief aid, trauma care, economic empowerment projects and spiritual care for new believers.

Please pray

  • Pray for the violence – especially in the Far North region – to end.
  • Ask God to help the victims of violence find comfort and restoration.
  • Pray that God would make the Cameroonian Church a place of peace, hope and stability.

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