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ALGERIA: Churches Closed, Pastors Facing Increasing Pressure

Christians in Algeria report suffering from a systematic campaign of government persecution. Since the end of 2017, the government has reportedly closed 30 of the 47 Protestant churches in the country. In January 2023, a 54-year-old pastor from a Muslim background was sentenced to two years in prison for holding “unlicensed worship” and “holding worship in a building not designated for non-Muslim worship.” The pastor has been in jail since his arrest on 30 December 2022. A Front-Line Worker said, “Please pray that Algerian Believers whose churches have been closed by authorities can continue to meet together and reach out to their neighbours with the gospel despite the risks.”

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