Leader: President Ismail Omar Guelleh
Population: 900,000 (14,500 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia
Djibouti, 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.