WORLD WATCH LIST

Central African Republic

#24

Christians face immense violence from occupying militia groups.

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"After the hard trials of persecution that we went through, it is thanks to you that I and my children are at peace."

– Dama, a Christian who lost her husband in an extremist attack

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
5,071,000
Christian population
3,712,000
Religions
Christianity
Leader
President Faustin-Archange Touadera
Score
70

What’s Life Like For Christians?

The ongoing conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) since 2013 has resulted in thousands of Christians losing their homes and livelihoods, and many continue to live in camps for internally displaced people. Most of the country is occupied by armed militia groups who are responsible for a range of human rights abuses.

When Christian leaders have publicly denounced the violence, they’ve been threatened, and their churches ransacked and torched.

What Has Changed This Year?

The persecution of Christians in CAR remains very high, with violence increasing year after year. Different armed groups and organised crime and corruption have made life very difficult for Christians.

Many churches have been forced to close, and Christians’ homes and businesses have been destroyed. Christians are also caught in the fighting between different armed groups. Many Christians have fled the country or their homes.

PRAY FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

– For peace and stability in the country.

– For the protection of church leaders in CAR.

– That Christians will continue to bravely reach out to their communities.

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