Flag of Dijibouti Rank: 46
Score: 46/100
2013 Rank: 43
Leader: President Ismael Omar Guelleh
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 923,000 (18,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in DjiboutiApproximately 95% of the Djiboutian population is Sunni Muslim. While expatriate Christians, Orthodox Christians originating from Ethiopia, and local Christian background believers hardly experience any restrictions to practice their faith, Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) face pressure within the family and the community sphere. Although religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution, the government attempts to control religious groups including Christians.


  • It remains to be seen if and how Djibouti is able to constructively resist Islamic extremist influences. Pray that Christians will not lose more freedoms.
  • For MBBs who experience a great deal of pressure from family and community
  • For Christian TV and internet sites, which spread the gospel message to those in Djibouti

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