|World Watch List Rank||50|
|World Watch List Score||60/100|
|Population||23.2 million I 62,200|
|WWL Rank in 2019|
|Persecution Level||High Persecution|
In Niger, religion is understood to be a private matter, but the government’s separation of state and religion is under increasing pressure. Muslim religious leaders of the Izala group, a radical Islamic group originating in northern Nigeria, are active in Niger and threatening the freedom of Christians. Violent Islamic militants have forced Niger’s president to ask for international help. This volatile, hostile and unpredictable situation of the country has put Christians at more risk and increased their vulnerability.
Pray for Open Doors’ work to equip the church in Niger to provide physical and spiritual support to believers who are abandoned by their families and communities.
Communal worship and meetings of Christians have to be conducted with caution in some areas due to the threat of violence from militant groups. Pray believers have wisdom and courage to continue meeting.
The country is challenged by Islamic radical violence spilling over from Mali, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Pray Christians are protected from violent attacks and abductions.
Pray for women who become doubly vulnerable to persecution after choosing Jesus. May God’s special protection be with them, and may they be strengthened to stand strong for Him.