Algeria: Women Pay the Price When Becoming Christians

January 29, 2015 by Janelle P

Converted more than 20 years ago, Djamila lived her early years after her conversion to Jesus under pressure from her Muslim parents. Djamila only found full freedom to live out her Christian faith when she married a man who shared the same faith. She currently serves her Lord alongside her husband in a local church in Northern Algeria.

Djamila tells about the suffering of Christian women in Algeria and about the needs of the women. What she says applies in many other North African countries.

“Algerian women have always been under pressure. Women have the right to exist as long as they stay silent. Women are not really free. Women who convert to Jesus Christ face even more challenges, which sometimes cost them dearly,” she says.

“They face rejection and humiliation by their families. Others are repudiated by their husbands  because of their faith. They may even be deprived of their children in case of divorce from their Muslim husbands. The Algerian Family Code does not grant custody to the spouse who confesses a religion other than Islam. Other women are forced to wear the hijab (Islamic headscarf), otherwise they are not allowed to leave their home.”

Djamila states that many believers live their faith in anonymity and total silence to avoid being exposed to pressure because they live in a society hostile to the Christian faith.

Algeria is ranked No. 34 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List.

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