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Mauritania

Ranked as the #48 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: General Mohamed Abdelaziz
Government: Islamic republic

Population: 4 million (5,100 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Sparse
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF MAURITANIA

MauritaniaMauritania is one of only four official Islamic republics in the world, and its constitution recognizes Islam as the sole religion of the country’s inhabitants and designates Islamic Sharia law as the only officially recognized source of legislation. The terrorist group al-Qaeda is gaining support among local Mauritanians and is also attempting to monitor Christian activity in the country. Because of harsh government restrictions, it is very difficult for Christian ministries and Christians in general to operate in the country.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For the small number of Christians in Mauritania who must meet in secret since it’s impossible to register their churches
  • For the halt of the growing influence of al-Qaeda in the country
  • That governmental restrictions against Christians will be reduced this year

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