What’s Life Like For Christians?
Christians in Mozambique face many challenges that significantly endanger their freedom and well-being. Though the level of extremist violence did go slightly down during this reporting period, the level of fear among Christians is on the rise due to the increasing influence of the Islamist group al-Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ), particularly in the northern regions of Mozambique.
The rise of Islamic extremism in the north of the country, especially in regions like Cabo Delgado, has had a devastating impact on the lives of believers. Churches have been burnt down, pastors abducted, and many killed. The objective of these groups is to establish a strict Islamic state, and Christians are often targeted as symbols of resistance to this extremist ideology.