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13 – Maldives

MALDIVES

#13
Region South Asia
Leader President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Population 376 000
Christian A few thousands
Main Religion Islam
Government Republic
Rank 13
Score 76
Previous Rank 13
Previous Score 76

The Maldives is still a country living in two worlds. Internationally they have the image of being a holiday destination of paradisiac dimensions; on the other hand, the country follows a strict form of Islam and is struggling with unrest and many political challenges. Due to the high level of social control, Christian converts from Islam face extreme pressure from their family, friends and neighbours, once they are discovered. In several cases, the pressure is so unbearable that Christians choose to live abroad. Expatriate and migrant worker Christians can meet, if these meetings are strictly limited to their community. They are closely monitored.

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