WORLD WATCH LIST

Bangladesh

#29

Christian life is difficult as Muslim values influence authorities.

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“Jesus is my inspiration. He worked for the people. I want to do the same, too.”

– Mariam, a believer from Bangladesh

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Dictatorial Paranoia
Population
171,500,000
Christian population
1,103,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Abdul Hamid
Score
68
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Christians in Bangladesh face intense pressure in their community and private life. Many gather in small house churches or meet in secret for fear of being attacked. Some churches are threatened, watched, or targeted by extremists.

As Bangladeshi society is becoming more Islamic, Muslim values heavily influence government decisions. Authorities frequently ignore complaints from Christian communities.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Bangladeshi Christians who have converted from a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or tribal background face the most severe restrictions, discrimination, and attacks.

Female converts are especially vulnerable, as conversion is viewed as a betrayal of their culture and religion. Acid attacks, sexual assault, abduction and forced marriage are common forms of persecution. This violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRAY FOR BANGLADESH

– Pray that Bangladeshi Christians will be equipped as lifelong disciples of Jesus.

– Pray for boldness and protection over believers risking violence to follow Christ.

– Pray for local partners. Pray for energy, creativity, and wisdom as they help persecuted believers.

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