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Djibouti

Ranked as the #24 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Ismail Omar Guelleh
Government: Republic

Population: 900,000 (14,500 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia

OVERVIEW OF DJIBOUTI

DjiboutiDjibouti, a small, poverty-stricken Muslim country, surrounded by Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, jumped 22 spots on the 2015 WWL. There was a dramatic increase in the pressure on Christians in 2014. Islamic radicalism is growing, and this is parallel to other East African countries and other nearby countries like Yemen and Somalia. Located at a very strategic location of the Gulf of Aden, Djibouti has been a transit for many radical jihadists who leave their footprint behind. The country's regime is very autocratic in nature. Different types of Christianity face different levels of pressure.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That the radical form of Islam will stop spreading and Christians will not be targeted
  • For Muslim Background Believers who face hostility from even their own families
  • That the spread of the gospel will continue through social media and satellite television

RESOURCES ON DJIBOUTI

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