(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)
Slimane Bouhafs - Photo: World Watch Monitor www.worldwatchmonitor.org
Slimane Bouhafs
Photo: World Watch Monitor

In 2016, Slimane Bouhafs was arrested and sentenced to five years in an Algerian prison for alleged blasphemy in a Facebook post. After various appeals, the sentence was eventually reduced for the accused Christian man, resulting in his release during April 2018 (read more).

After his release, Slimane experienced such ongoing persecution that he was forced to flee to Tunisia, where he has been granted refugee status until he is able to relocate to another country. His wife, who is a Muslim, remains in Algeria, along with their three adult children. He was able to have occasional contact with family members until the borders were closed due to the pandemic.

Even in Tunisia, however, Slimane is not safe from persecution and has continued to face harassment for his faith. When Slimane went to the police station to report an incident involving three men, the officers insulted and mistreated him after discovering that he was a Christian. As a result, Slimane left the station without filing a complaint. He states, "I am as threatened here as I was in my country." For more information on the persecution of Christians in Algeria, and to review previously published reports, go to our country report.

Pray for Slimane as he faces ongoing harassment and continues to wait for a safe place he can call home. May his steadfast endurance and faith be a testimony to those around him, as well as to his wife and children, ultimately leading many others to accept Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. Please prayerfully uphold all our brothers and sisters in Christ living in North Africa, asking that they would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith, and that they would experience joy in all circumstances.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC is equipping persecuted Christians in Algeria with Biblical and theological training through the support of a seminary that provides contextually Biblical and relevant training.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
42,972,878 (July 2020 est.)

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

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

Leader
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.

end

Select a Region

Algeria News