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Libya Facts

Score: 87 / 100
Region: Africa
Persecution Type: Islamic Oppression
Persecution Level: Extreme
Population: 6,471,000
Christians: 37,900
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Transitional
Leader: Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

Profile of Persecution

Violence 57%
Church Life 97%
National Life 96%
Community Life 90%
Family Life 90%
Private Life 91%

Chaos and violence for Christians

After the ouster of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya plunged into chaos and anarchy–a situation that has enabled various Islamic militant groups to control parts of the country. Converts to Christianity face abuse and violence for their decision to follow Christ. Libya is also home to many migrant workers who have been attacked, sexually assaulted and detained, which can be even worse if it is discovered they are Christians.

How Christians are suffering

Libyan Christians with a Muslim background face extremely violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. Believers from other parts of the continent are also targeted by various Islamic militant groups and organized criminal groups. These groups kidnap Christians; there have also been instances in which Christians have been brutally killed. Even when they don’t face such a fate, Christians from sub-Saharan Africa are harassed and subjected to threats from radical Muslims.

Christian persecution is a serious problem in that any Christians who publicly express their faith and try to share the gospel with others also face the risk of arrest and violence. The absence of a single central government to impose law and order in the county has made the situation for Christians precarious. The level of violence against Christians in Libya is very high, and Christians are subjected to violent, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Examples

Christian migrants held in detention centers in Libya (mostly from sub-Saharan African countries) have reportedly been raped and beaten. Although the ill treatment and violence are not limited to Christian refugees, Christians are singled out for much worse discriminatory and violent treatment.

Libya made headlines in November 2017 when CNN showed video evidence of a slave auction of sub-Saharan Africans. Although the report was followed by an international outcry, nothing seems to have changed.

Given the security issues surrounding Muslims’ conversion to the Christian faith, most reports about converts in Libya cannot be published.

Pray for Libya

  • Pray for the isolated Christian converts in Libya, that they would find other believers and be encouraged in their faith.
  • Pray that God would disrupt the plans of ISIS in Libya to show them His mercy, grace and sovereignty over all.
  • Pray for the protection of migrant workers, especially for those who are Christians and face double persecution.
  • Pray for stability in Libya, and that the rule of law would improve and enable more rights for religious minorities.

 

Stories from Libya

May 21, 2019

In Africa, Christians Are in the Flames of Persecution—and On Fire for Jesus

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Christians are being held, feet to the flames, and told to deny Christ.

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March 13, 2019

11 Christians Killed Every Day for Their Decision to Follow Jesus

In the top 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a staggering 11 Christians die for their faith each day.

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February 15, 2019

Four Years After Mass Beheadings, Families of 21 Martyrs Share Hope of Heaven

Families of the 21 Coptic Christians martyred off the coast of Libya say their faith has grown.

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