2019 WORLD WATCH LIST NO. 8YEMEN
World Watch List:08
Leader:President Abd Rabuh Mansor Hadi
Christian:A Few Thousands
Source of Persecution:Islamic Oppression
In dire need of aid
The civil war in Yemen has caused much suffering the country. About 80% of the population is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with 2.9 million women and children acutely malnourished. Islamic militant groups, in particular al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, have become more powerful.
‘Retributive justice’ on converts
The society is made up of tribes, and tribal authority often has supremacy over the government’s. Islam is an integral part of each tribe – tribal elders of many areas enforce law and justice according to their Islam-based traditions, even if it’s not what the national legal systems says. When a tribe member seeks to leaves Islam, the extended family and leaders of the tribe will deliver ‘retributive justice’ on them.
Just a few thousand
With most expatriate Christians gone from the country, the Yemeni church is now mainly composed of a few thousand indigenous believers from a Muslim background. They form small home fellowships, encourage one another to build families that worship together and build a community that stands together in persecution. If discovered, these secret believers face arrests, mental and physical abuse, even honor-killings. Some believers, and even whole families have had to flee as a result of threats against their lives.
OPEN DOORS IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
Open Doors supports the Persecuted Church in the Arabian Peninsula through:
• Prayer support
• Somehow, the crisis in Yemen is largely forgotten and overlooked by the world. And that is also how the believers in Yemen feel: forgotten, isolated, and neglected. Pray for the Christians to keep trusting God and that they will know that their family in Christ remembers them.
• For protection over the secret gatherings of believers from Muslim backgrounds, that the gatherings glorify God, and are edifying for all who attend them.
• Aid is typically distributed through tribal and family lines of which Christians are often disconnected from. Please pray that aid will reach Christians.