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Algeria

Algeria

World Watch List Rank24
World Watch List Score70/100
LeaderPresident Abdelmadjid Tebboune
Population43,333,000 | 129,000 Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 202017
Persecution LevelVery High Persecution

The majority of Christians in Algeria are converts from Islam. They are most at risk of persecution, not just from their family and extended family, but from the wider community which includes local ethnic leaders and elders. This can involve harassment, beatings, threats and imprisonment, as well as pressure to adhere to Islamic customs. Laws regulating non-Muslim worship prohibit anything that would “shake the faith of a Muslim” or be used as “a means of seduction intending to convert a Muslim to another religion.”  

In the past three years, authorities in Algeria have engaged in a systematic campaign against EPA churches (Protestant Church of Algeria), which has seen 13 churches forcibly closed by the authorities.

WHAT CHANGED THIS YEAR?

Algeria has dropped seven places from last year’s World Watch List ranking. This is in large part due to a substantial reduction in incidents of violence against Christians. However, this does not mean past persecution is over—for instance, in 2019 there were multiple church closures in Algeria. There were not as many this year, but the churches that were shutdown remain closed. These closures are not included in this year’s report, but nonetheless continue to affect the Christian community in Algeria.   

HOW WE HELP

In cooperation with local partners and churches, Open Doors supports the church in North Africa through training, literature distribution, advocacy and raising prayer support.

PRAY FOR ALGERIA

Pray that all recently closed churches will reopen, and the 2006 law regulating worship will be repealed. 

Pray that converts who have counted the cost for following Christ will have access to a community of Christians to support and build them up.

Pray for the establishment of strategic relationships between Christians and local leaders of influence, which will inspire greater respect among communities towards Christianity. 

RECENT STORIES FROM Algeria

Pastor Salah on persecution in Algeria

12th Oct 2021

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On November 7, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Christians across North America will gather to pray for our persecuted family. This…

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Algerian Churches Issue a Call to Prayer

26th Oct 2020

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This October, a coalition of Protestant churches in Algeria called for an International Day of Prayer for Christians in Algeria [MEC]. The chosen date –…

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Algeria in the spotlight

11th Jun 2020

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Algeria is now on the US government’s persecution radar When the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 2020 annual report in April, India was the…

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Algeria church closures rise in an alarming rate

29th Oct 2019

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On October 16, police in Algeria closed one of the country’s largest Protestant churches (about 700 members). The next day, state officials closed two other…

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