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Yemen: Sharp increase in arrests of Christians, with torture used to draw information

There are very few Christians in Yemen, and those who are there, which include a very small number of Orthodox Christians, live an extremely precarious existence. There are only four churches remaining in Aden, three Roman Catholic and one Anglican. Most of the people who attend them are not Yemenis.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Yemen, see here.

“Your prayers needed for Christians in Yemen shaken by arrest and torture,” Open Doors, November 8, 2022:

Your prayers are urgently needed for our brothers and sisters in Yemen. There has been a sharp increase in arrests, with torture being used to draw information from believers. “Their faith is shaken,” Open Doors has been told.

Yemen is number five on the World Watch List, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world to live as a Christian

Christians in Yemen are experiencing a sharp rise in arrests and torture, resulting in a traumatising impact on affected believers and their families.

The spike has come in recent months. These are not linked to one specific church network, but several different ones.

“We are specifically concerned because torture is used to force the Christians to give information about the activities of believers or names of other believers,” says an Open Doors spokesperson.

Some of the arrested Christians have been released, but they are struggling with the aftermath of the torture they suffered.

“They are shocked and are struggling with their faith…”

“We see that their arrest and the torture had, and still has, a deep impact on their families, too,” the spokesperson adds. “They are shocked and are struggling with their faith, as they were counting that God would spare them, that God would intervene. Their faith is shaken.”…

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