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Niger

RegionAfrica
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population23,177,000
Christian Population62,200
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentSemi-Presidential Republic
LeaderPresident Mahamadou Issoufou
Score60/100

Niger

In Niger, religion is viewed as a private matter. Because of this, sharing the gospel is met with disapproval and those who do it may face tension within their community. Persecution often comes from the families of converts who pressure believers to renounce their faith by threat or force.

The presence of Islamic extremism in the country puts pressure on Christians who risk harassment, abduction and violence because of their faith. A series of attacks in the last year, including by Boko Haram, have brought Niger into the World Watch List for the first time since 2016.

Christians are not treated fairly within the workplace, are rarely able to secure employment in the public sector and are often denied promotions for following Jesus. This leaves Christians in particularly vulnerable positions as the country deals with drought and famine.

Pray for Niger

Pray for courage and wisdom as Christians share the gospel with others.

Pray that churches withstand the pressure of extremists and community members, using it as an opportunity to draw closer to God.

Pray for God’s provision as Niger struggles with drought and famine.