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Region   North Africa
Population   6 662 000
Christian Population   34 500 (0.5%)
Main Religion   Islam
2021 Ranking   4
2020 Ranking   4

4Libya

Violence continues to increase in Libya, and there are more verified incidents of attacks and killings. Persecution in all spheres of life has only gotten worse.

There is no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion and very limited possibility of public church life in Libya. Although there are around 34,500 Christians in the country, only a tiny number (approximately 150) are Libyan – the majority are expatriate and migrant workers.

Libyan Christians from a Muslim background face violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. They – as well as foreign Christians – are also vulnerable to abduction or murder by Islamic militant groups and organized crime groups.

Sharing your faith publicly is illegal in Libya, and those who try to share their Christian faith with others risk violent opposition and arrest. Without a central government, the country is effectively in a state of lawless anarchy. There is little chance of legal justice when Christians are attacked or killed.

Meet Charley*

“It’s a shame on the family when one of them leaves Islam. The family will use physical violence to try to force the person back to Islam. When the Christian refuses, he or she will be excluded fully from the family, and from society. Some are accused of being agents of the CIA, as they follow a Western religion. Several Christians are threatened and need to run away from Libya to save their lives.”

An Open Doors worker in North Africa.

*Name changed for security reasons.

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Pray for Libya

  • Pray for Libyan believers who are under immense pressure, particularly those who are arrested because of their faith. Pray for protection and release.
  • Pray for those in power in Libya. Pray for peace and stability, and for an end to the proxy civil war. Years of anarchy and power struggles have taken many lives and eroded hope for the future, and Christians and other minorities have become very vulnerable in such a situation of lawlessness.
  • Pray for new converts who have been baptised. Pray that they will find a group of believers to join – and rejoice that they have found Jesus.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Libya?

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the Church in North Africa through training, literature distribution, socio-economic development and advocacy.

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