The main persecution dynamic in Niger is Islamic extremism. In recent years, the country has been gradually losing the characteristics of a typical West-African state with a (mostly) moderate Islamic, constitutionally secular state. Now, there are indications that the government is not keeping enough distance from Islamic religious leaders. Since 1991, dozens of Islamic associations have emerged, including extremist groups. Persecution mainly comes from family and the local community. At least seven churches were attacked this past year. Christians also face death threats and threats of abduction.
- For new Christians who face persecution from members of their family and community.
- The southern part of the country is most prone to persistent Islamic hostilities. Please pray for their protection.
- That the church leaders will have wisdom in dealing with the rising persecution in Niger.