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Rachid Muhammad Essaghir, one of the Christians found guilty
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In early June, Rachid Muhammad Essaghir and Djallal Dhamani were among four Christian converts from Islam given suspended sentences and fined by an Algerian court for seeking to convert Muslims to Christianity (click here here for more details). On July 2, the two were tried for a second time by a court in western Algeria and given six-month suspended sentences along with fines of 100,000-dinar (1,690 CAD) for "distributing documents to shake the faith of Muslims." They reportedly plan to appeal the sentence.

For more information on the increasing persecution of Christians in Algeria, go to the Algeria Country Report.

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The Voice of the Martyrs Canada is equipping persecuted Christians in Algeria with biblical and theological training through the support of a seminary that provides contextually biblical and relevant training.

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Country Information


43,576,691 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Aran-Berber (99), European (<1)

Religions (%)
Muslim (99), Other, Christian and Jewish (<1)

Abdelmadjid Tebboune (Dec. 2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
mix of French civil law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Algeria

Pray that God will use the current restrictions to draw many more Algerians into a relationship with Christ. Pray for conversions to Jesus among the country’s powerful Islamist leaders.

Pray Algerian believers will respond to pressure with faith and perseverance.

Pray for the nation's young people, who make up a large percentage of the population in general, as well as the majority of Christians. May they not be frustrated or disillusioned but rather strengthened and encouraged in Christ Jesus.


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