|Population||32 309 000|
|Christian Population||17 448 000 (54.0%)|
Attacks from Islamic extremists and the presence of drug cartels in some areas have all contributed to increasing persecution in Mozambique.
Christians face extreme violence in the northern part of the country. In April 2020, a jihadist group with possible ties to Islamic State killed 52 people, burned down churches and institutions and attacked villages.
Christians have been forced to flee their homes. Islamic extremists have looted and destroyed many Christian places of worship, Christian schools and businesses owned by Christians. Christian aid workers were also targeted. Because of this, it is difficult for Christians to gather—either inside or outside of churches—and it can be risky for believers to speak against persecution.
In the northern part of the country where Muslims are the majority, converts face extreme pressure to renounce their faith. If they refuse, they will usually be shunned.
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What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Mozambique?
Through local partners, Open Doors has taken up work to strengthen Christians in Mozambique since 2020. Through strategic partnerships with the local Church, Open Doors planned to support the persecuted Church with training. Due to an increase in violence against Christians in the Cabo Delgado Province, Open Doors delivered relief aid in August 2020.