World Watch List Rank7
World Watch List Score87/100
LeaderPresident Abdrabbuh Mansour
Population30,245,000 | A few thousand Christians
Main ReligionIslam
WWL Rank in 20208
Persecution LevelExtreme Persecution

Christians in Yemen usually keep their faith secret, because if they are discovered then they could face the death penalty. Leaving Islam is forbidden, and all Yemenis are considered Muslims by the state.  
It’s not just the authorities who persecute Christians. Islamic militant groups threaten Christians from a Muslim background with death, and tribes may kill or banish anybody converting to Christianity.  
The ongoing war, humanitarian crisis and COVID-19 pandemic in Yemen are impacting all citizens, but Christians are additionally vulnerable because emergency relief is mostly distributed through organizations that use local Islamic leaders and local mosques to give aid. These are believed to discriminate against anybody who is not considered to be a devout Muslim. There are accounts of Yemeni Christians being refused treatment at hospitals.  


Persecution remains extreme in almost all areas of life. There are relatively few reports of violence against Christians in Yemen, though this has worsened slightly in the past year. However, it is nearly impossible to research and verify violent attacks because of the ongoing war, the secrecy Christians must maintain and the challenge of communication with underground believers. It is very likely that there is more violence that goes unreported.  


Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organizing prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.  


Pray for the Yemeni people after a year in which the war continues alongside floods, locusts and COVID-19. Pray that peace will come to the country and that people can start rebuilding their lives.

Pray for secret believers and secret house churches, that they would have wisdom and discernment as they support believers.


The Worst humanitarian crisis in the world

24th Jun 2020

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On this episode of World Watch Weekly, we’ll discuss the country with the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now – Yemen. Unfortunately, Yemen is…

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