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Mauritania is dominated by Islamist leadership and struggles with poverty and corruption. Located on Africa’s western coast, Mauritania has strong connections and cultural similarities to its North African neighbors. Slavery still exists within tribal groups, with Christians commonly subservient to the majority-Moor people groups. There are currently no national churches in Mauritania. In 2009, an American missionary was killed in Mauritania, and many mission agencies subsequently withdrew their workers from the country. Some Christian workers, however, are starting to return. Mauritania has been staunchly Islamic for more than 1,000 years, and the security risks for both national Christians and foreign missionaries remain obstacles to reaching Muslims with the gospel.

Major Religion:

Nearly all Mauritanians are Sunni Muslims.


Families, tribes, communities and the government persecute those who leave Islam in Mauritania.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Mauritania:

Fewer than 150 believers are known to live in the country, and only foreigners can worship openly. All indigenous Christians converted from Islam, though conversion is illegal. Jobs are difficult to obtain in the poor economy, especially for Christians. Believers have been arrested.

Access To Bibles:

It is extremely difficult for Christians to get Bibles, which must be hand-carried into the country at great risk. No Bibles are printed in the country, and the importation of Bibles is restricted. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM supplies audio Bibles, supports underground churches and provides training and encouragement to believers. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that persecuted Christians will persevere and retain their eternal hope in Christ.
  • Pray that those imprisoned for their faith will be bold witnesses for Christ.
  • Pray that Christians who worship in secret will find fellowship with other believers.
  • Pray that Christians will have access to God’s Word, despite government restrictions on Bibles.
  • Pray for the repeal of apostasy laws, which carry the death penalty for former Muslims.