The family is the source of greatest pressure for Christians in Algeria, most of whom are converts from Muslim backgrounds. Pressure also comes from the law. A 2006 law, forbidding public assembly for purposes of practising a faith other than Islam, has created a more restrictive environment for Christians. This affects most Christian places of worship, except for Catholic churches and one Protestant church. In addition, Islamist movements such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are increasingly making their presence felt.

 

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Algerian church attacked again

Algerian church attacked again

The pastor of a church in southern Algeria has reported the details of a fresh attack on his church – the third of its kind – which he says proves that some Algerians are against the presence of churches in their country. The pastor, who wishes to remain nameless, said […]

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Algierian military seizes Christian man

An Algerian Christian has been arrested, his home searched and his computer seized, without explanation, according to the Protestant Church of Algeria. The man, identified by the name Sofiane, was riding in a taxi Aug. 23 when he was stopped at a military checkpoint near Biskra, about 500 kilometres south […]

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Algeria’s Protestants want their churches back

Algeria’s Protestants want their churches back

The Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA) has reaffirmed its desire to regain control of several former churches used today for other purposes. Christians are the distinct minority in Algeria, representing less than 1% of Algeria’s 38 million inhabitants, and often face restrictions when seeking to build new churches. The presence […]

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