The Problem

100,000 million Christians face persecution simply for following Jesus 
The Problem


Leader: Prime Minister Maeen Abd al-Malik Saeed
28.9 million (a few thousand Christians)
World Watch List Rank: 

We understand that we are in this land to honour You, to be a witness of Your love and forgiveness.
Prayer from a Yemeni believer

The basics

There are only a few thousand Christians in Yemen (most of whom would be migrants or workers from other countries). Those that haven’t fled because of the war have become doubly vulnerable during the current conflict which sparked a massive humanitarian crisis.

Yemen is a strongly Islamic nation, and all Yemenis are considered Muslims. Leaving Islam is forbidden; Muslims who decide to follow Jesus could face the death penalty. There is no room for any open church activities or private worship. The war has allowed radical Islamic groups to expand their operations in certain areas, leading to Christians being abducted and killed.

Main threats to Christians

  • Islamic oppression
  • Radical Islamic violence
  • Vulnerability exacerbated by civil war

Where is it?

What to pray for?

Use this prayer from a Yemeni believer

“Lord our God, allow us to discern Your times. We are conscious of Your sovereignty, and we understand the privilege of being Your children. We understand that we are in this land to honour You, to be a witness of Your love and forgiveness. Give us courage and determination to continue standing in Your Name and on Your promises. Bless our children and help us to be an example to them. In the name of Jesus, we pray! Amen.”

What’s it like for Christians?

While the number of believers in Yemen is growing, most have to keep their faith a complete secret. It is seen as a huge source of shame for a family member to leave Islam, so believers from Muslim backgrounds run the risk of honour-killing or physical violence if their families or communities discover their faith.

As the war in Yemen continues, Christians also miss out when emergency aid is distributed. It is mostly distributed through Islamic organisations and local mosques, who allegedly discriminate against those who are not considered to be pious Muslims.

The good news: How we’re helping

Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organising prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.