Mauritania is one of only four official ‘Islamic republics’ in the world; its constitution recognizes Islam as the sole religion and Islamic law is the only officially recognized source of legislation. Because of harsh government restrictions, Christian activity is restricted to education and development projects. It is impossible for Mauritanian Christians to register their churches, so they must meet in secret. Pressure on Muslim-background believers from family, tribe members and local mosque leaders is very high. Government and al-Qaeda are increasingly monitoring Christian activity.
- Fear among Christians is very great; ask God to give them courage and assure them they are not forgotten
- For opportunities to offer literacy courses; more than 50% of the adult population is illiterate
- For Christians who suffer discrimination or job loss; Open Doors supports them with microloans.