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Libya

Ranked as the #13 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani
Government: Transitional

Population: 6.3 million (Christians 35,000)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF LIBYA

LibyaThe position of Christians was already extremely difficult, and has only deteriorated, making Libya the most difficult country to be a Christian in North Africa. Within a context of anarchy and absent rule of law, Christians – both nationals and foreigners – are squeezed between fanatical religious groups and criminal gangs. As in most Muslim countries, converting from Islam brings social pressure. Most Libyan Christians are afraid to meet with other believers, as any kind of religious gathering (other than Islamic) for Libyans is forbidden. The violence against Christians has increased in a country where rule of law is absent.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That some semblance of peace and a stable central government will come to the country, which is a failed state
  • That Muslim Background Believers will not be targets of their families or their communities
  • For God’s people inside and outside the country to encourage those Christians in the crosshairs of Islamic militants and violence

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