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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

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.


Feb 18 2016

Algerian Woman Given Fifteen Days to Renounce Her Faith

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“I will give you 15 days to decide to abandon your Christian faith. If you choose not to, you will no longer be considered my daughter and will no longer be part of the family.” The words of her father felt like the blow of a hammer to Nedjma* who had always...


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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