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About Algeria

  • Leader:President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:40.3 million (thousands of Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Moderate
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

In the context of the growing role of Islamism in the region, Algeria is increasingly the scene of Islamist terror movements, particularly al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In 2014, the severely ill Abdelaziz Bouteflika was reelected for a fourth term as president with 81% of the vote, in a country that knows no fair and free elections. Almost all Christians in Algeria are from a Muslim background. The law prohibits public assembly for purposes of practicing a faith other than Islam. Catholic churches, however, including a cathedral in Algiers (the seat of the Archbishop), conduct services without government interference, as does one Protestant church.

Recent News from Algeria

Sep 15 2016

Algerian Christian Appeals Charge of Blasphemy

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Algerian Christian Slimane Bouhafs was sentenced to five years in jail, on charges that he committed blasphemy against Islam and its prophet on social media.


Aug 25 2016

Algerian Christian Sentenced on Blasphemy Charges

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A Facebook post leads to five years’ imprisonment for an Algerian believer convicted on blasphemy charges.


Aug 9 2016

Facebook Post Lands Algerian Man in Prison

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Slimani Bouhafs, an Algerian Christian, was arrested this past weekend. His imprisonment was due to a Facebook post that was considered “blasphemous”. The contents of the post are not known, however, Slimani will be serving five years in prison for this post.


Mar 18 2016

Christian Loses Children After Forced Divorce

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All countries in North Africa have a Muslim majority, and in many of the countries, Islam is the official religion. Frequently, we hear stories of Christians in North Africa being mistreated because of their religion. This recently happened to Farid* in Algeria.


Prayer Points for Algeria

  • Pray for Christian converts who face domestic violence and house arrest for their faith.
  • Pray that even as believers are ignored or abused by neighbors, their witness would remain.
  • Pray for Christian youth to share the gospel with their generation that is so desperate for change.

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