Considered to be one of the most restrictive countries in the world, Turkmenistan has no freedom of information or press. The government opposes every group it cannot control, and as a secular regime, it especially opposes religion. Police and secret services keep the church under strict surveillance. Unregistered churches and meetings are raided, material is confiscated – and it is impossible to do youth work or train leaders openly. Islam plays an important role in community life, and families react strongly to relatives who change their faith.
- For Muslim-background believers who have hardly any freedom to practice their faith..
- For oppressed believers who need income-generating microloans to help them survive.