Persecution of Non-Muslims (Chad)

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Note that the persecution of apostates and the persecution of homosexuals are covered in separate pages

Northern churches afraid of both religious and government persecution, "Anything can be done to the Christians in the north and it will be ignored by the official"

Chad is strategically placed to have a major influence upon its neighbors. «Chadians travel to all these (neighboring countries) and some of them are Christians taking the gospel message,» said a local church leader. To impact the region effectively, however, Christians in Chad must impact the northern part of their own country, which is predominately Muslim. Fear is a constant concern for church members and new converts in northern Chad. «People are afraid of persecution when they go against their traditional background and religion,» the church leader said. «The churches are also afraid of both religious and government persecution. Anything can be done to the Christians in the north and it will be ignored by the officials.»
Northern Churches Need Encouragement
World Watch Monitor, May 18, 2001
While few Africa watchers would rate Christian persecution in Chad as severe, isolated incidents and an ongoing process of Islamization have brought the country to a crossroads, and many Christians are concerned about the direction the country will take. Muslims are the majority in the north and east and represent about 60 percent of the total population of Chad. Christians and animists form a majority in the south. Many people in southern Chad talk about the growing influence of Islam and the government support for Islamization. Rebellion is often bubbling under the surface in the southern provinces.
A Country at The Crossroads
World Watch Monitor, June 15, 2001

Thriving Evangelical church with several hundred members in Moundou is threatened with closure because Muslims say it "interferes" with their activities at the mosque opposite

The Evangelical Church in Moundou, in southern Chad, is a thriving church with several hundred members. Originally, the land where it is located was offered to the Muslim community when they requested land to build a mosque. The Muslims turned it down because it was too far from the center of town. But recently, Muslims requested that the Evangelical Church be closed because they say it interferes with their activities at the mosque opposite. This is despite the fact that the mosque, originally built in 1993, was little used until a year or two ago when Muslim fundamentalists came on the scene.
Church Threatened with Closure
World Watch Monitor, June 15, 2001