Mozambique

World Watch Ranking: 41

How many Christians are there in Mozambique?

Over half of the population of Mozambique is Christian – 18 million of the 33.2 million people living there.

What does persecution look like in Mozambique?

Attacks from Islamic extremists and the presence of drug cartels in some areas have all contributed to increasing persecution in Mozambique.   

For Christians in Mozambique, Islamic oppression is the most common form of persecution. One Open Doors country expert shared that, “radical Islamic attacks have claimed the lives of many Christians." The brutality of these groups has only increased, including a prominent extremist group who has links to the Islamic State group. The presence of drug cartels in some areas is making the lives of Christians—especially church youth workers—difficult.

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

The persecution of Christians is most severe in the northern areas due to Islamic State-affiliated extremists carrying out violent attacks as they seek to spread their influence and control. 

Meet "Furaia"

A Christian in Mozambique who saw her husband murdered during an Islamic extremist attack.

“Things are hard. I was used to having my husband to share life and hardships with. I had a family and relatives. Now I am alone with the children, wondering what to tell them, how to bring them up, and how to give them adequate protection. I can only pray for peace and that we will not be abandoned.”

Furaia

What has changed compared to last year?

Mozambique joined the WWL Top 50 in 2021 after extremist Islamic attacks claimed the lives of many Christians there, and it's risen several spots in 2022. An Islamic State-affiliated group is seeking to establish an Islamic Caliphate in Mozambique. Their efforts have included numerous atrocities, burned churches and religious schools, and displacement of tens of thousands of people from the northern part of the country. These attacks have allowed religious persecution, which used to be limited almost entirely in the north, to spread. And drug cartels in some areas make the lives of Christians, especially church youth workers, more difficult. In addition to the violence, pressure has increased on believers in Mozambique.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Mozambique?

Through training and economic empowerment, Open Doors focuses on emergency support to Christians affected by increasing extremist violence in the north.

How can you pray for Mozambique? 

  • Pray for churches and their leaders who have taken in thousands of families displaced by the violence. Pray that they will respond with compassion and understanding, especially towards the traumatized and vulnerable.
  • Pray for economic development in the region. Unemployment and lack of basic services have left youth disillusioned and angry. As a result, many have joined Islamic extremist groups. Pray that the government and international partners will ensure that all benefit from these community projects.
  • Pray for wisdom and provision for Open Doors as we determine the appropriate interventions. Pray for protection over staff as they travel to volatile regions. Pray for His blessing on all logistics.
a Prayer for Mozambique

Dear God, we pray for followers of Jesus in Mozambique as they grapple with the brutal violence inflicted on them. We ask for Your protection and that You would heal them from trauma and help them be salt and light in an environment where they may be at risk. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.


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Persecution Level

Very High


Main threat
  • Islamic oppression
  • Organized corruption and crime
  • Organized corruption and crime
  • Clan oppression
  • Dictatorial paranoia
Population of Christians
18,012,000 (54.2%)

Main Religion
Christainity

Government
Presidential Republic

Leader
President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi