USCIRF Provides an Update on Religious Freedom Violations and Persecution in Yemen

Image shows a scene from Yemen. Photo courtesy of PrayerCast.

“It’s a humanitarian disaster,” says Isaac Six of Open Doors.

He’s talking about Yemen, where civil war has reigned for years, leading to widespread terrorism and starvation. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released a country update for Yemen, detailing religious freedom violations in the country.

The Houthis, a militant group representing Shia Muslims in the region, have been conquering territory and harassing Sunni Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other religious groups.

Six says, “The Christian population, which was small a few years ago, probably about 40,000 or so, has dwindled to maybe just a few thousand now. That’s after concerted attacks on churches, burned down and entered by gunmen. And [in many] Christian businesses and care facilities, Christians were shot and killed by gunmen, deliberately targeted for their faith. Yemen is really one of the most difficult places in the world right now.”

Yemen doesn’t make the daily news very often, Six says, but the country needs prayer. “We really need to pray for a peaceful end to the conflict there. [Hopefully] that brings in a government that will stop a lot of the violence targeting people because of their faith.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, 

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that religious freedom would come to Yemen, and the country would become a place of peace.
  • Ask God to protect Christians in Yemen, and to bring many people to the Gospel through their witness.