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Morocco

Morocco

World Watch List Rank 27
World Watch List Score 67/100
Leader King Mohammed VI
Population 37,071,000 | 31,500 Christians
Main Religion Islam
WWL Rank in 2020 26
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

The average pressure on Christians in Morocco remains high. And for converts from Islam, the pressure is even higher. They can lose their inheritance rights or even custody of their children.  
 
Converts face opposition from family members, who do not want them to practice their new faith publicly—often, this means new Christians are not allowed to be baptized, married or buried in a church or Christian ceremony. Particularly in rural areas, these followers of Jesus also face significant hostility from their local community and government.  
 
The Moroccan penal code makes it very difficult for Christians to share their faith and chokes the ability of churches to reach their community. Additionally, Christian advocates have been targeted for violent attack by Islamic extremists.   

What changed this year?

Morocco fell one rank on the 2021 World Watch List from the 2020 List. However, persecution actually rose a bit, mostly because of increased pressure in family, community and church life. Violence decreased slightly, but not enough to significantly alter the outlook for Christians in this North African nation.   

How we help

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in North Africa in a variety of ways. Through partners, Open Doors provides training, Christian literature distribution, microloans, follow-up ministry via different media channels and advocacy training to stand up for the rights of Christians. Open Doors also raises prayer support for believers in Morocco.  

PRAY FOR MOROCCO

  • Pray for unity in the Moroccan church. Believers are scattered around the country and don’t know each other well.
  • Pray for Christian childrenIslam is taught in many different subjects at school. Pray they will not feel confused, but that they will know the truth. 
  • Pray for Christian converts from Islam in Morocco. Pray they will be protected from harm or discrimination from their families, and that they will be able to walk openly with Jesus. 
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