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Region Africa
Christian population 19 184 000 (56%)
Main religion Christianity
Main threats • Islamic oppression

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The rise of Islamic extremism in the north of Mozambique, especially in regions like Cabo Delgado, has had a devastating impact on the lives of believers. Churches have been burnt down, pastors abducted, and many killed. The objective of these groups is to establish a strict Islamic state, and Christians are often targeted as symbols of resistance to this extremist ideology. In addition, Christians often caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict between government forces and jihadist groups, making them even more vulnerable to violence and displacement.

Mozambique has also become a major hub for drug trafficking, with the presence of cartels contributing to a climate of lawlessness and violence, which indirectly affects the Christian community. Church youth workers are particularly at risk, as they are often seen as threats to the cartels.

The government also restricts religious freedom and within families and society, believers can face hostility, particularly converts from Islam.

Meet Pastors Antonio and Paulo

“You have brought real comfort to this community. It gave them hope. Your help has lifted them up spiritually. We can see a change in their heart. You can see it in their faces.”

Pastors Antonio and Paulo (names changed), who are pastoring people in an IDP camp in Cabo Delgado.

What does Open Doors do to help?

Open Doors supports persecuted Christians in northern Mozambique by providing emergency aid, persecution survival training, and economic empowerment projects.

Please pray

  • Pray for courage and protection for Christians living under the threat of attacks by Islamic militant groups.
  • Pray that Christians facing pressure for their faith will hold onto Jesus, knowing His love and power at work in them.
  • Pray for wisdom for Open Doors partners as they encourage the Church to be salt and light even in difficult circumstances.

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