Tunisia received 55 points on the World Watch List for 2014, 5 more than 2013. The increase is explained by both a rise in persecution for the small Christian community in the country, and a higher number of violent incidents involving Christians. The main persecution engine in Tunisia is Islamic extremism. This engine is present at different levels. At the family level, converts to Christianity are often not supported in their choice by their family members. There are cases of converts being locked up in their houses by their own families. At the social level, violent Salafists spread fear throughout the country. At the political level, Islamist political parties have a strong grip on government and are gradually implementing Islamist legislation. Tunisia has a very rich Christian history. Some of the early church fathers (like Augustine and Tertullian) lived in this country, and churches had been established. But almost all of this has been destroyed. During the twentieth century, some churches for foreigners had been established, most visibly the Roman Catholic Church, the Reformed Church of France and the Anglican Church. At the end of the nineties, there were only a handful of local believers. But since then, the number of believers has grown rapidly. This has been supported by much prayer around the world. Over the years, many new people came to faith, but at the same time, some people left the church again. *Names, photographs and other information have been changed for security purposes Share This Story
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