There are 23,100 Christians in Tunisia, making them a tiny minority. Most of the country’s 11.9 million people are Muslim.
Christians who’ve converted from Islam are most vulnerable to persecution – often from their own family members and surrounding society. This is especially true in the country’s conservative southern regions.
Many converts choose to hide their faith. The hostility and pressure they face from the surrounding community and society make it dangerous to share their faith with others. Men can face intimidation, ostracism, beatings and even death threats, whilst women are at risk of sexual harassment, domestic violence, expulsion from family, and forced marriage.
Violent Islamic extremists are active in the border areas to the south. They will target any Christian, whether foreign or national, if the opportunity arises.
Yes, as reflected in Tunisia rising eight places in the World Watch List to No. 26. This is in large part due to a reported increase in violence against believers and property owned by Christians. The situation for Christians continues to vary by area, and in some regions anti-Christian sentiment against Christians and churches is significant. Also, pressure on Christians – particularly Christian converts – continues to be strong across all aspects of life.
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Tunisia. Your gifts and prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
Open Doors supports the church in North Africa through distributing Christian literature, providing training, and organising socio-economic development projects and advocacy support.
O God, we pray for Your people in Tunisia. We ask that You will be with them and strengthen them in all circumstances. We pray especially for Your servants who found the life-saving grace of Jesus despite coming from another faith. We ask that You protect them, sustain their faith and give them hope and courage. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.