Yemen Facts

Score: 85 / 100
Region: Middle East
Persecution Type: Islamic Oppression
Persecution Level: Extreme
Population: 28,120,000
Christians: A Few Thousand, Unspecified
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Transitional
Leader: President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi

Profile of Persecution

Violence 15%
Church Life 99%
National Life 99%
Community Life 98%
Family Life 99%
Private Life 99%

Where Persecution Comes From

Yemen is currently facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and Christians are left particularly vulnerable due to their faith. Christian persecution in the country is driven by government officials, radical Islam, families and leaders of ethnic and religious groups. Government officials maintain a strict Islamic system that treats all nationals as Muslims. The ongoing conflict in the country has left a power vacuum, allowing radical groups like the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda to expand their operations and persecute Christians. Converts face persecution from extended family, tribal leaders and local imams, and are denied access to emergency relief that is distributed through Islamic organizations and mosques.

How Christians are Suffering

All Christians in Yemen experience persecution for their faith, but converts from Islam experience the worst of it. These converts are essentially forced to keep their faith completely hidden from those around them, including their closest friends and family members, for fear of repercussions should their conversion be discovered. If others come to know that they have left Islam, believers face detention and interrogation by authorities and death threats from family and radical Islamic groups. Meanwhile, migrant Christians also face harassment and discrimination, as well as overt violence at the hands of Islamic militant groups.


In the WWL 2018 reporting period, there were several instances of believers barely escaping attempts on their lives.

In the same period, at least 20 believers were mentally or physically abused for their faith.

In the same period, at least 10 Christian families were forced to flee their homes for relocation due to faith-related reasons.

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Pray for Yemen

  • The war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen is helping extremists from al-Qaeda and IS to move freely through the country. They are extremely aggressive towards Christians. Please pray that God will touch the hearts of extremists so they will embrace the gospel.
  • Pray that secret gatherings of believers from Muslim backgrounds would glorify God, and pray that Christians would be able to minister to their fellow Yemenis.
  • Eighty percent of Yemenis depend on aid. Aid is typically channeled through the tribal and family lines of which Christians are often disconnected. Please pray that aid will reach Christians.

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August 22, 2017

Pray This Powerful Prayer Alongside a Believer from Yemen

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