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Mauritania

Mauritania is one of the world's poorest countries and one of the most restricted. Freedom of religion is nonexistent, and Sunni Islam has dominated for more than 1,000 years. Social and family matters are judged under Shariah, or Islamic, law. A bloodless coup in August 2008 led to  democratic elections and a new president in 2009.

Islam is the constitutionally declared religion of the people and of the states. The government prohibits the distribution of non-Islamic religious materials and the evangelism of Muslims. It is illegal for citizens to enter non-Muslim households, and anyone who confesses Christ faces the death penalty. There is tremendous social pressure against anyone who converts.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC has partnered to equip Muslim Background Believers with skills for ministry so that they will be empowered to share the Gospel among the unreached in this region of the world.

Project Fund: Equipping the Saints

Country Information

Population
4,079,284 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Black Moors (40), White Moor (30), Sub-Saharan Mauritanians (30)

Religion (%)
Muslim (100)

Leader
President Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani (2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic and French civil law.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Mauritania

Pray that Christians in Mauritania will find support and fellowship with other believers, despite their small numbers.

Pray seekers will encounter Jesus, and those who follow Him will be courageous in their witness.

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Mauritania News

  • Christian "Hit List" Posted Online
    A man and some camels
    Pray that the Spirit of Christ will draw Mauritanians to Himself.

    According to Greg Kelley from World Mission, Islamic extremists in the Northwest African nation of Mauritania have created an online hit list containing the names of Christian leaders. Describing this action as a "call to warfare," th

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  • Penalties for Apostasy Increased
    Man reading in the desert - The Voice of the Martyrs U.S. - www.icommittopray.com

    Christians in Mauritania are concerned about recent changes to the laws regarding religious conversion. On April 27th, the Mauritanian National Assembly approved changes to increase the penalty for apostasy.

    According to the new regulations, the death penalty is now mandatory for those convicted of

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  • Christian aid worked killed
    Photo from Ralph Buckner Funeral Home

    Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for shooting and killing an American aid worker, Christopher Leggett (39), on June 23 in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. On June 25, Al-Jazeera TV reportedly received an audio statement from al-Qaeda whi

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