|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz||4.5 million | 10,100 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2018||Persecution Level|
|47||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.
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