North Yemen and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen united in 1990 to form modern-day Yemen, and the country has had a violent history from day one. In theory, Yemen is a democracy, but in practice, it isn’t.
The country has four official churches, three Catholic and one Anglican church for the several hundreds of expat Christians living in the country. It is estimated that there are 500-1,000 Muslim Background Believers in Yemen.
When a Muslim becomes a Christian, he or she often faces persecution from both their family and government. They are not allowed to have their own gatherings, so they meet in secret locations.
Persecution is part of daily life in Yemen. The constitution declares Islam as the state religion and Sharia law as the source of all legislation. The government forbids conversion from Islam and proselytizing of Muslims. Additionally, there are al-Qaeda linked groups striving to gain more power in the country.
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