|World Watch List Rank||29|
|World Watch List Score||66/100|
|Leader||President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta|
|Population||19.7 million I 461,000|
|WWL Rank in 2019||24|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
Mali is predominantly Muslim and one of the least developed countries in the world. Most Christians live in the south of the country and many face increasing pressure due to the threat of Islamic extremist groups, like al-Qaeda, from the north. Threats of attacks and kidnapping are common; feelings of insecurity and anxiety even more so. Missionaries constantly risk abduction.
Muslims who convert to Christianity struggle to live out their faith. They often have to keep it a secret from their families. Living conditions mean that acts of private worship are easily detected, and refusing to take part in Islamic rites could lead to persecution. The extended families of a Christian convert are likely to pressure them to deny Jesus. They fear that if their family contains a Christian, they will be excluded from the wider community.
In partnership with the local church, Open Doors is serving the persecuted church in Mali by: