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Kuwait

Kuwait

World Watch List Rank 48
World Watch List Score 63/100
Leader Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Population 4,303,000 | 513,000 Christians
Main Religion Islam
WWL Rank in 2020 43
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

In Kuwait, expatriate Christians are relatively free to worship informally. However, the existing places registered for worship are very small and it is extremely difficult to obtain a property for gathering for worship.  

Local converts from Islam face the most extreme persecution, as they face pressure from both family members and the local community to recant their Christian faith. These believers risk discrimination, harassment, monitoring of their activities by the police, and even intimidation by vigilante groups. Moreover, conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially and may lead to legal problems in personal status and property matters.   

Expatriate Muslims converting to Christianity experience similar pressures as in their home countries, as they are often living within their own national or ethnic communities. Despite this, there are rarely reports of Christians being killed, imprisoned or harmed for their faith.  

What changed this year?

Pressure remains at a very high level, with converts from Islam bearing the brunt of persecution as they face opposition from both family members and the local community.   

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors is raising prayer support for persecuted believers in Kuwait.  

PRAY FOR KUWAIT

  • Pray for the many expatriate Christians who work and live in Kuwait. Ask God to give these believers fellowship, vocations and renewed hope.   
  • Pray for the government of Kuwait to provide more freedom for Christians—especially Christians from a Muslim background—to meet, pray and share their faith freely.   
  • Ask God to give Christians in Kuwait boldness and perseverance to stand strong in Christ. 
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