What’s Life Like For Christians?
Following Jesus in Yemen continues to be extremely dangerous. Yemeni society is strongly Islamic, conservative, and tribal, and the tribal punishment for denouncing Islam can be banishment or death.
Most believers are Yemeni and come from Muslim backgrounds. As conversion from Islam is forbidden by Islamic and state law, Christians must keep their faith secret, or risk severe repercussions from their families, the authorities, or Islamic extremist groups. This can include divorce, loss of custody of children, arrest, and interrogation.
The humanitarian crisis caused by Yemen’s 10-year civil war has also exacerbated the pressure on believers. While some relief aid is available, this is mostly distributed through local Muslim groups and mosques, which are alleged to be discriminating against anyone not considered a devout Muslim.