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Algeria: Persecution by Building Permit


Most of us don’t know about events in Algeria. Their war of independence was from 1954 to 1962, and it was violent. The civil war was from 1991 to 2002 and it was also violent. Now things seem quiet.

Around October of 2019, the government forced several churches to close in the Kabyle region. The Kabyle people speak the old language of the original Berber natives, and there are many Christians among them. The majority in Algeria identify as Muslim, and the government does not approve of Christian churches among the native tribes.

In October of 2019, the authorities told one church that it did not have proper permits, and would be closed, and they told them the day of closure. The Christians met in their building to pray, one day early, and the police surprised them by raiding the building early, during the prayer service. Some Christians ran away, but others were caught, and at least one leader was beaten.

This story has been lost in the news about the Coronavirus Pandemic. Most other news was ignored when the virus began to spread.

READ: Algerian Gov Officials Close Down Country’s Largest Christian Churches

2016, a Canadian journalist investigated the hidden Christians of Tunisia, a country in North Africa next to Algeria, and culturally similar. I don’t like to mention Christians in North Africa because attention might increase persecution against them. As in Algeria, there are many Christians, and life is not easy for them.

READ: Special investigation: The hidden Christians of Tunisia

In the article cited, there is a link to a much larger document about persecuted Christians in Tunisia. The same link is provided here. This is a long article, almost the size of a small book, and it also might disappear in all the news about the virus pandemic: http://underground.priscillahwang.com/

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