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Tanzania

Ranked as the #33 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Jakaya Kikwete
Government: Democratic republic

Population: 52.2 million (25.3 million Christians)
Main Religion: Christianity/Islam

Persecution Level: Moderate
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF TANZANIA

TanzaniaZanzibar has become the epicenter of Islamic radicalism in the country. A radical Islamic separatist group called “Uamsho” uses Zanzibar as a springboard to further its radical Islamic agenda in Tanzania. Converts to Christianity from indigenous tribes may face pressure from their extended families to adhere to traditional practices. In 2014, the position of Christians has significantly deteriorated. In general, not only did the situation of Christian converts with a Muslim background (MBBs) deteriorate, but also the circumstances of members of the other churches became worse within the island of Zanzibar, as well as the coastal areas of mainland Tanzania. There were targeted killings and destruction of churches.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For Christians who are facing increasing persecution, including attacks and killings, especially those in Zanzibar
  • For Muslim Background Believers who are targeted for their conversion from Islam
  • That the government will stop the destruction of churches and meeting places for believers

RESOURCES ON TANZANIA

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