WORLD WATCH LIST

Comoros

#42

Sharing the gospel could have you facing serious legal consequences.

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“Barely three days after I decided to follow Christ, my house was burned down. I was only able to rescue my laptop. All I had was the clothes on my back. I felt this was a test of my faith in Christ, but it turned out to be faith strengthening.”

– Titus*, believer from a Muslim background

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
907,000
Christian population
4,600
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Azali Assoumani
Score
66

What’s Life Like For Christians?

In Comoros, choosing to leave Islam to follow Jesus is so risky that those who do so have little option but to keep their faith secret. In some parts of the country, extremist groups threaten believers with violence. In others, it can lead to prosecution.

It is illegal for followers of any religion except Islam to evangelise, so any Christian who shares their faith could face legal consequences. This will likely involve a fine and up to a year in prison.

What has changed this year?

Comoros has re-entered the World Watch List top 50 because of an increase in pressure by the government and local communities, as well as a rise in reported incidents of violence. The government has said publicly that there is only freedom of religion for foreigners living in the country, not Comorians.

PRAY FOR COMOROS

– That secret Christians will have access to fellowship and discipleship.

– That the Holy Spirit will empower those facing pressure to stand strong.

– That opportunities will emerge for Christians to boldly share their faith.

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