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Mauritania

Mauritania

World Watch List Rank 24
World Watch List Score 68/100
Leader President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani
Population 4,661,000  I 10,000
Main Religion Islam
Government Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2019 25
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

Poverty is rampant in Mauritania. One third of Mauritanian children are malnourished, and resources are shared within extended families and communities to ensure survival. Christians who leave Islam are often denied access to communal resources. Many believers must keep their faith a secret just to survive.

As Mauritanian society increasingly becomes more accepting of and dominated by Islamic extremism, Christians’ rights are rarely protected. Those who leave Islam risk losing everything if discovered. Christians have no status in the community, are ostracised by their family, have little hope of stable employment and are subject to social hatred and false stereotypes.

Laws tightly restrict preaching the gospel to Muslims. Even just publicly expressing one’s faith can be seen as an attempt to convert others to Christianity, which can lead to prosecution and death.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors supports the church in North Africa by providing:

  • Training
  • Literature distribution
  • Socio-economic development
  • Advocacy support.

PRAY FOR MAURITANIA

  • For illiterate believers - many of them women - as they seek God with limited access to His word. Pray for creative ways for them to access God's truth
  • For racial reconciliation in a very ethnically divided country at a tense time in history
  • Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world. Ask God to bless new business initiatives aimed at supporting believers financially and helping them grow spiritually through their work.
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