August 11, 2019 | Open Doors World Watch List
(Editor’s note – we are highlighting countries where Christians are being persecuted and need prayer. Leave a comment and let us know that you prayed!)
After the ouster of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya plunged into chaos and anarchy–a situation that has enabled various Islamic militant groups to control parts of the country. Converts to Christianity face abuse and violence for their decision to follow Christ. Libya is also home to many migrant workers who have been attacked, sexually assaulted and detained, which can be even worse if it is discovered they are Christians.
Libyan Christians with a Muslim background face extremely violent and intense pressure from their family and the wider community to renounce their faith. Believers from other parts of the continent are also targeted by various Islamic militant groups and organized criminal groups. These groups kidnap Christians; there have also been instances in which Christians have been brutally killed. Even when they don’t face such a fate, Christians from sub-Saharan Africa are harassed and subjected to threats from radical Muslims.
Christian migrants held in detention centers in Libya (mostly from sub-Saharan African countries) have reportedly been raped and beaten. Although the ill treatment and violence are not limited to Christian refugees, Christians are singled out for much worse discriminatory and violent treatment.
(Excerpt from Open Doors.)